Indian official resigns over ‘rape victim selfie’
First emerging on the messaging service via the phone WhatsApp,
pictures were taken when he met members of the Committee for Women Rajasthan victim in a police station on Wednesday.
The woman said she was raped by her husband
and two other relatives who also allegedly insults tattooed on her forehead and hand for not producing a dowry of Rs 51,000, about $ 755.
He said Somya Gurjar, who resigned from her position with the National Council for Women,
smiling and took a photograph.
In the pictures, Gurjar is holding tablet,
with Commission President Suman Sharma holds the hand of the victim
- as if he was trying to show her arm tattoo in the picture.
Gurjar said the victim was “curious” about the camera
and that was a photograph attempt to “relax and normalize” them.
“I take my picture, too. I only took pictures of her to put them at ease and because they asked for it. I was trying to be humane with it.”
But images from the personal pictures taken and
sparked a wave of anger on social media,
especially as it is illegal in India to disseminate information that leads to the identification of rape victims.