A member of Rajasthan state commission for women on Tuesday clicked a ‘selfie’ with a rape victim, 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 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,” Sharma said.
The rape victim is a 30-year-old woman who was allegedly raped by her husband and two brothers-in-law who also tattooed expletives on her forehead and hand for failing to bring Rs 51,000 as 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.