Photos of a member of the Rajasthan State Commission for Women clicking a selfie with an alleged rape survivor have gone viral, prompting the chairperson of the commission to seek a written explanation.
Interestingly, the Commission chairperson, Suman Sharma, can also be seen in the selfie along with Somya Gurjar, who clicked the selfie. The photographs were allegedly taken on 29 June, when Gurjar and Sharma went to meet the alleged rape survivor in the 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 told Press Trust of India.
The victim has alleged that she was raped by her husband and his brothers after she failed to meet their demands for dowry. The woman, who hails from Alwar, has alleged that her husband's family assaulted her and tattooed expletives on her forehead and her hand.
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 Indian Penal Code and an investigation in the case has been initiated.