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Selfie of Shame, Rajasthan State Commission for Women Chief clicks selfie with rape victim

In an event that highlights the insensitivity of Rajasthan State Commission for Women, Soumya Gurjar, a member, drew flak for her controversial ‘selfie’ with a rape survivor. The victim was gangraped by her in-laws who then tattooed her hands and head with expletives.

The Chairperson of the Commission, Suman Sharma, is now demanding a written explanation for the incident despite being a participant in the selfie clicked by Gurjar.

Sharma and Gurjar were on a visit to the victim in Alwar district on Wednesday after the news came of her assault. Defending her stance Sharma said, “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.”

But the image being circulated on Whatsapp clearly shows the Chairperson looking into the camera when the selfie was clicked.

The victim was married to one Jagannath in Reni village. She has alleged her in-laws had been demanding a dowry ever since her marriage in January 2015 and her husband and in-laws used to beat her up daily. “Her husband and brothers-in-law allegedly raped her and tattooed profanities on her forehead which her parents later made an attempt to get removed,” a police official said.

She has been living with her parents since then, Mahila police station SHO Abdul Wahid said, adding the woman has still marks on her forehead and hand.

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