New Delhi, November 21 (KMS): Thirty-six of candidates in Rajasthan assembly elections, scheduled on November 25, are accused of crimes against women including rape, according to a report jointly prepared by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW).
The report also said around 17 per cent of the total candidates have declared criminal cases against them with 13 percent of them being arraigned under serious charges.
This is a marked increase from the previous assembly elections in 2018 when around 15 per cent of candidates had declared criminal cases and 9 per cent were found to be facing serious charges, the report said.
The elections in Rajasthan are part of the month-long poll cycle that is expected to set the tone for the impending general elections, likely to be held in April-May 2024. The other states having polls are Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram. KMS