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Corruption in India has reached shocking levels.

India is widely praised in the U.S. as being a model democracy. But an eye-opening investigation by the BBC reveals a darker underside -- a country where corruption and criminality are pervasive among the country's political elite.

How bad is it? According to the BBC, almost one third of India's elected politicians are under investigation for criminal charges. Some of those charges include rape and murder. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, that figure climbs to 50 percent of politicians.

These are absolutely staggering figures.

India ranks 94th out of 176 nations in Transparency International's corruption perceptions survey.