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Hundreds of Indian election candidates face criminal charges

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A man leans inside the booth to cast his vote at a polling station in Amka village on the outskirts of New Delhi
A man leans inside the booth to cast his vote at a polling station in Amka village on the outskirts of New Delhi Reuters/Adnan Abidi

Almost a fifth of candidates in India's upcoming elections are facing criminal charges including rape, murder and extortion. Almost 1,500 candidates contesting more than 120 seats in the country's 545-seat lower house have criminal records. What's being done to keep criminals out of politics? 

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