Newly elected lawmakers from India's ruling alliance led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party raise their hands in support of Narendra Modi being elected their leader in New Delhi, India, Saturday, May 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
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More than 40 percent of lawmakers in India's new Parliament face criminal charges -- some as serious as murder and rape -- and the list is growing, an electoral reform group said Saturday.The ADR studied the records of 539 of the winners and found that the number facing criminal cases was the highest since 2004 .The ADR said the number of lawmakers facing grave criminal cases had more than doubled in a decade -- including 11 murder cases, 30 manslaughter charges and three accused of rape.
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