Picture of woman commission members clicking selfie with ‘rape victim’ goes viral
A selfie clicked by members of the Rajasthan State Commission for Women with a rape victim has stirred a controversy after it went viral on WhatsApp on Thursday.
Somya Gurjar, a member of the Rajasthan State Commission for Women and chairperson Suman Sharma had gone to meet a rape victim at the Mahila police station in Jaipur yesterday.
The victim, who hails from Alwar district in Rajasthan, was gang-raped by her husband and his two brothers over a dowry demand of Rs 50,000. The victim’s in-laws had also tattooed profanities on her body. (Read more)
After Gurjar and Sharma spoke to the victim and assured her of taking an action against her in-laws, they were seen taking a selfie with the victim.
The above picture of their act was clicked by an unidentified person standing near them. The picture was then circulated on WhatsApp after which it went viral.
In the picture, Gurjar is seen holding a mobile and posing for a selfie with the rape victim by her side. Interestingly, the chairperson, Sharma, is also seen looking into the camera and holding the victim’s hand.
Although the image clearly portrays Sharma’s awareness and participation in the selfie, she denied the allegations and told PTI, “I was talking to the victim 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.”