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Analysis of Criminal Background, Financial, Education and other Details of Women Candidates in Lok Sabha 2019 Elections
14:09 17/05/2019

· Women candidates with Criminal Cases: Out of the 716 women candidates analysed in 2019, 110 (15%) women candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. Out of 665 women candidates analysed during Lok Sabha in 2014, 87(13%) women candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves.

· Women candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 78 (11%) women candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to rape, murder, attempt to murder, crimes against women etc in the Lok sabha Elections, 2019. 51(8%) women candidates have declared serious criminal cases in the Lok sabha Elections, 2014.

· Women candidates with declared convicted cases: 2 women candidates have declared convicted cases against themselves.

· Women candidates with cases related to murder: 4 women candidates have declared cases related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302).

· Women candidates with cases related to Attempt to Murder: 16 women candidates have declared cases of attempt to murder (IPC Section-307).

· Women candidates with cases related to Crimes against Women: 14 women candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women such as Causing miscarriage without woman's consent (IPC Section-313), Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354) and Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman (IPC Section-509).

· Women candidates with cases related to Hate Speech: 7 women candidates have declared cases of related to hate speech.

· Party wise Women candidates with Criminal Cases: 14 (26%) out of 54 women candidates from INC, 18 (34%) out of 53 women candidates from BJP, 2 (8%) out of 24 women candidates from BSP, 6(26%) out of 23 candidates fielded by AITC and 22 (10%) out of 222 Independent women candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

· Party wise Women candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 10 (19%) out of 54 women candidates from INC, 13 (25%) out of 53 women candidates from BJP, 2 (8%) out of 24 women candidates from BSP, 4(17%) out of 23 candidates fielded by AITC and 21 (10%) out of 222 Independent women candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.

· Crorepati Women candidates: Out of the 716 women candidates analysed, 255(36%) are crorepatis. Out of 665 women candidates analysed during Lok Sabha 2014 elections, 219 (33%) women candidates were crorepatis.

· Party wise Crorepati Women candidates: 44 (82%) out of 54 fielded by INC, 44 (83%) out of 53 women candidates from BJP, 15 (65%) out of 23 women candidates from AITC, 9 (38%) out of 24 women candidates from BSP, and 43 (19%) out of 222 Independent women candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.

· Average assets: The average of assets per women candidate contesting in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is Rs 5.63 Crore. The average of assets per women candidate contesting in the Lok Sabha Elections 2014 was Rs 10.62 Crore.

· Party wise average assets: Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 54 INC women candidates is Rs 18.84 Crores, 53 BJP women candidates have average assets of Rs 22.09 Crores, 24 BSP women candidates have average assets worth Rs 3.03 Crores, 23 AITC women candidates have average assets worth Rs 2.67 Crore, 10 CPI(M) women candidates have average assets worth Rs 1.33 Crores, 6 SP women candidates have average assets worth Rs 39.85 Crore, average assets of 3 AAP candidates are Rs 2.92 crores and 222 Independent women candidates have average assets of Rs. 1.63 crore.

 

(A report from Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch)

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