Rajasthan Women Commission Member Clicks Selfie With Rape Survivor

30/06/2016 12:19 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Indian youth hold candles during a protest against sexual violence in New Delhi, India, Monday, Feb. 9, 2015.Police were searching Monday for a man who raped a Japanese student sightseeing in northern India, while elsewhere they announced the arrest of eight men suspected of brutally raping and killing a Nepalese woman, as India authorities continue to struggle to address chronic sexual violence. (AP Photo/ Tsering Topgyal)

A member of Rajasthan state commission for women on Tuesday clicked a ‘selfie’ with a rape survivor, triggering controversy and prompting the chairperson of the commission to seek a written explanation of the matter.

The chairperson Suman Sharma, however, is also seen in the selfie along with the member Somya Gurjar.

Gurjar clicked the selfie when she and the chairperson went to meet the rape victim in Mahila police station (Jaipur North).

The matter came to light when the two pictures, in which Gurjar is seen clicking the selfie, went viral on popular messaging application WhatsApp on Wednesday.

Someone clicked a picture of Gurjar taking the selfie and circulated it on the app. Sharma is also seen looking into the camera.

“I was talking to the survivor when the member of the commission clicked these selfies. I am not aware when she (Somya Gurjar) clicked. I do not favour such act and has sought a written explanation from her. She has been asked to submit the explanation by tomorrow,” Sharma told PTI.

Both Gurjar and Sharma are in the frame of the selfie and the pictures of the act were clicked by someone standing near them in the chamber of the police officer.

In the pictures, Gurjar is seen holding the mobile device and the Chairperson is also looking in the frame (of the selfie).

In a shocking incident in Alwar district, a 30-year-old woman was allegedly raped by her husband and his two brothers who tattooed expletives on her forehead and hand for not giving Rs 51,000 as the dowry.

On Monday, an FIR was registered under sections of 498-A (Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act), 376 (punishment for rape)and 406 (punishment for criminal breach of trust) of IPC and an investigation in the case has been initiated.

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