Rajasthan Women's Commission member Somya Gurjar resigns after clicking selfie with rape victim

On Thursday, Somya Gurjar, the Rajasthan Women’s Commission member, who posted a selfie with a rape victim, resigned after facing flak on social media platforms and in political circles for her actions. According to a report by NDTV, Gurjar was also reprimanded by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

The selfie clicked by Gurjar with the rape victim courted controversy, prompting the chairperson of the commission to seek a written explanation. Interestingly, the chairperson Suman Sharma is also in the selfie, along with Somya Gurjar.

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A file photo of Somya Gurjar clicking a selfie with the rape victim. Photo credit: Twitter @CNNnews18

The selfie was clicked by Gurjar on Wednesday, when she along with Sharma had gone to meet the 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 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.

Interestingly, two pictures, in which Gurjar is seen clicking the selfie, went viral on WhatsApp. Both Gurjar and Sharma are in the frame of the selfie, and pictures (of the selfie) were clicked by someone standing near them in the chamber of the police officer.

In the pictures, Gurjar is seen holding the mobile device, while the chairperson, who is also in the frame (of the selfie) is seen holding the hand of the victim.

In an incident at 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.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Jul 01, 2016 15:58:26 IST

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