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29% of India's sitting MPs face serious criminal charges like rape, murder, and dacoity.

In the 17th Lok Sabha, 43% of its members face criminal charges, while 29% of the MPs have declared serious criminal charges against them.

In the 17th Lok Sabha, 43% of its members face criminal charges, while 29% of the MPs have declared serious criminal charges against them.In the 17th Lok Sabha, 43% of its members face criminal charges, while 84% have self-declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore. This Lok Sabha has the highest number of members of parliament facing serious criminal charges like rape, murder, and kidnapping, since 2004, according to the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR). While 29% of the MPs have self-declared serious criminal charges against them, 84% of them have declared having assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore. This increases from 112 of 542 (21%) in 2014 and 76 of 543 (14%) in 2009. The BJP has 116 MPs or 39% of its winning candidates with criminal cases, followed by 29 MPs (57%) from the Congress, 13 (81%) from the JDU, 10 (43%) from the DMK and nine (41%) from the TMC, the ADR said.

Eleven winners — five from the BJP, two from the BSP, one each from the Congress, the NCP and the YSR Congress Party, and an Independent — have murder charges against them, the ADR said.

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