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15 Telugu MPs, MLAs face cases

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PNS|Hyderabad

Around 15 Telugu MPs and MLAs have declared cases related to crimes against women in their election affidavits. Nine MPs and MLAs in Andhra Pradesh and six from Telangana have cases connected to crimes against women. Eight YSRCP and four BRS MPs and MLAs have declared cases connected to crimes against women.

The one TRS MP is Nama Nageshwar Rao and the three YSRCP MPs are Kuruva Gorantla Madhav, Margani Bharat Ram and Bellana Chandra Sekhar who have cases connected to crimes against women.

The three BRS MLAs who have declared such cases are T. Harish Rao, Kancharla Bhupal Reddy and Shankar Naik. Raghunandan Rao and Revanth Reddy also have a case against them.

Kethireddy Pedda Reddy, Peddireddy Dwarakanatha Reddy, Ramakrishna Reddy Penelli, Aranni Sreenevasulu and Kethi Reddy Venkatrami Reddy are the five YSRCP MLAs who have declared cases in their election affidavits.

TDP leaders have no cases against them connected to crimes against women.

Among states, West Bengal has the highest number of sitting MPs/MLAs, that is, 26, followed by Maharashtra and Odisha each with 14 sitting MPs/MLAs who have declared cases connected to crimes against women followed by Delhi and Andhra Pradesh.

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the National Election Watch (NEW) analysed 4,763 of the 4,809 election affidavits of sitting MPs and MLAs.

Out of the 762 sitting MPs and 4,001 sitting MLAs affidavits analysed, 134 sitting MPs/MLAs were found to have declared cases connected to crimes against women. Among these 134 sitting MPs/MLAs with declared cases connected to crimes against women, 21 are sitting MPs and 113 are sitting MLAs.

134 sitting MPs/MLAs have declared cases of crimes against women such as charges of assault or criminal force against a woman with intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section 354); Kidnapping, abducting or inducing a woman to force her into marriage etc. (IPC Section 366); rape (IPC Section 376); husband or relative of the husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty (IPC Section 498A); buying a minor for purposes of prostitution etc. (IPC Section 373) and word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman (IPC Section 509).

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