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Bulli Bai: App that put Muslim women up for fictitious “auction” is shut

Facing outrage after photographs of almost 100 influential Muslim women were uploaded for a fictitious “auction” on an app, Minister for Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw has said GitHub, the hosting platform, has confirmed blocking the operator of the app called “Bulli Bai”.

In a tweet Vaishnaw said, “GitHub confirmed blocking the user this morning. CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) and police in Delhi and Mumbai are coordinating further action.”

The Delhi and Mumbai Police have registered separate cases. In Delhi, a journalist lodged a complaint with the cyber cell, alleging her pictures had been uploaded on the app. She took to Twitter informing that her complaint had been registered and a case under Sections 153A (promoting enmity on grounds of religion etc), 153B (imputations prejudicial to national integration), 354A & 509 (sexual harassment) had been filed.

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The app was almost similar to “Sulli Deals” app uploaded in July last year. “Sulli” and “Bulli” are slang words used derogatorily for Muslim women. GitHub was the host for both apps. The app encouraged people to participate in the “auction”.

After “Bulli Bai” app uploaded pictures of Muslim women taken from their social media accounts, it sparked outrage among political parties and netizens. The National Commission for Women has written to the Delhi Police to expedite action and ensure that such crime does not recur.

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In Mumbai, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said the matter was with the police and the culprit should be arrested at the earliest.

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