Rajasthan Public Servant’s Selfie with Rape Survivor Sparks Row

The chairperson Suman Sharma is also seen in the selfie along with the member.

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In the picture, Gurjar is seen holding the mobile and the Chairperson is  looking in the frame. (Photo Courtesy: ANI)

A selfie clicked by the member of Rajasthan State Commission for Women with a rape victim courted controversy, prompting the chairperson of the commission to seek a written explanation.

The Chairperson Suman Sharma is also in the selfie along with the member Somya Gurjar. The selfie was clicked by Gurjar on when she along with chairperson had gone to meet the rape victim in Mahila police station (Jaipur North).

I was talking to the victim when the member of the commission clicked these selfies. I am not aware when Somya Gurjar clicked. I do not favour such act and has sought a written explanation from Gurjar. She has been asked to submit the explanation by Thursday. Don’t know who clicked our picture. This is disrespect. The one who circulated the picture has shown disrespect to rape survivor. Will take note of it.
Suman Sharma, Chairman, Rajasthan State Commission for Women

According to the Chairperson, the rape case investigation continued for 3 to 4 hours during which the rape survivor changed her statement again and again. Doctors and police asked Sharma to help the survivor get normal, so that a correct statement is recorded.

The picture went viral on WhatsApp on Wednesday. They were clicked by someone standing near them in the chamber of the police officer.

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 dowry.

On Monday, an FIR was registered and an investigation in the case has been initiated.

(With agency inputs)

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