Rajasthan women commission member clicks selfie with rape victim, forced to resign


A member of Rajasthan’s women commission has quit after the controversy over her selfie with the rape victim gained considerable momentum.

Soumya Gurjar, who clicked the selfie, resigned on Thursday.

Gurjar, according to several media reports, had taken the selfie on Wednesday, when she and the panel’s chairperson met the alleged rape survivor.


“The one who circulated the picture has shown disrespect to rape survivor. We will take note of it,” said chairperson Suman Sharma, who, incidentally, is also in the selfie.

Two pictures of Gurjar clicking the selfie have been widely circulated. She is seen holding her iPad, with the Chairperson also leaning in for the photo.

“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,” Ms Sharma told Press Trust of India.

The 30-year-old woman the panel met has alleged that she was raped by her husband and his two brothers, and they also branded her while torturing her over a dowry demand of Rs.51,000. Expletives were tattooed on her forehead, allegedly with an acid-based substance.

(With inputs from NDTV)