Rajasthan women commission member who clicked selfie with rape victim resigns

Friday, Jul 1, 2016,10:43 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Jaipur | A member of Rajasthan State Commission for Women, whose selfie with a rape victim sparked an outrage, today resinged even as the National Commission for Women summoned her and the state panel’s chief after reprimanding them for a very insensitive act.

The member, Somya Gurjar, handed over her resignation to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. The selfie was clicked by Gurjar yesterday when she, along with the state panel’s Chairperson Suman Sharma, had met the rape survivor at a mahila police station in Jaipur North district.

The 30-year-old victim they were clicking selfie with is from Alwar who was allegedly raped by her husband and his two brothers and also had expletives tattooed on her body for not giving a dowry of Rs 51,000, according to the complaint. I was recording her photos for my record but the victim got interested in the camera, and she asked me what was it. I told her it’s a camera.

She asked to me to take her photo also. I only took her photo to put her at ease and becaue she asked for it, I was trying to be humane with her, Gurjar claimed.  She was speaking to reporters here after resigning this evening. Gurjar said she had explained her point of view to the chief minister and did not want any controversy and therefore she resigned. I resigned as I thought that I had hurt a number of people through my act.So, I took moral responsibility and resigned, she said.

The selfie also features Sharma, who in her defence claimed that she was not aware as to when the selfie was taken and has sought an explanation from Gurjar. In the pictures aired by media outlets, Gurjar is seen holding the mobile device and the chairperson (Sharma) is also seen looking into the frame (of the selfie). Calling it a very insensitive act, the Chairperson of NCW today ticked off both Gurjar and Sharma, and asked them to present themselves before the body on July 4.

The two pictures, in whichGurjaris seen clicking theselifie, had gone viral on WhatsApp yesterday. Gurjar sought action against the person who had circulated the picture on WhatsApp. Sharma had sought a written explanation from Gurjar yesterday after the photos went viral. Sharma was not available for comments regarding the resignation.

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