As many as 5 ruling TDP MLAs from Andhra Pradesh are facing cases related to crime against women.
The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) had released a report on the cases related to crime against women pending against the legislators in every state.
The report said that TDP MLA from Pendurthi Assembly constituency Bandary Satyanarayana Murthy was facing 4 cases out of which 3 are serious under various IPC Sections. One among them was charges framed against the MLA related to Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman (IPC Section-509).
Andhra Pradesh irrigation minister and Myalavaram MLA Devineni Uma Maheshwara Rao was facing 13 cases including under IPC section 509. Cases were under investigation.
Denduluri MLA Chintamaneni Prabhkar was facing highest number of cases of 23 in the Andhra Pradesh. 13 serious cases under various IPC sections were pending at different level in the courts and in police stations. It includes crime against women. Charges were framed in three cases so far.
Anantapur MLA Gunuguntla Suryanarayana has been facing 10 cases out of which 8 serious including charges related to rape under IPC section 376.
AP Labour minister K Achannaidu was facing one case on charges related to assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty under IPC section 354.
The report found 15 contestants from Telangana in the last elections were booked under various sections for outraging the modesty of women. However, their names were not disclosed in the report.
The ADR observed political parties giving tickets to candidates with cases of crimes against women especially rape will hinder the safety and dignity of women as citizens. It recommended candidates with a serious criminal background should be debarred from contesting elections. Political parties should disclose the criteria on which candidates are given tickets and cases against MPs and MLAs should be fast tracked and decided upon in a time bound manner.