The app was hosted on the web platform GitHub, which has since taken it down amid widespread anger and outrage.
Photographs of several prominent Muslim journalists and activists were uploaded on the Bulli Bai app without their permission and put on “sale” in a fake auction. This is not the first time. In July last year, “Sulli Deals App” had also listed Muslim women for auction- using photos they uploaded online – and described them as “deals of the day”.
In both cases, the purpose is clear, to degrade Muslim women- particularly those who have been vocal about the rising tide of Hindutva. Sulli is a derogatory Hindi slang term right-wing Hindu trolls use for Muslim women, and bulli is also pejorative.
The list of women on the Bulli Bai app included a Bollywood actor and the 65-year-old mother of a disappeared Indian student.
A spokesperson for GitHub said that the company has suspended a user account following the investigation of reports of such activity, “all of which violate our policies”.
In the meantime, police have arrested several individuals. 21-year-old Niraj Bishnoi, the alleged mastermind and creator of the ‘Bulli Bai’ application, was arrested by the police from Assam. He disclosed during interrogation that he was also in touch with the person behind the Twitter handle @sullideals, the alleged creator of the ‘Sulli Deals’ app that was hosted on GitHub in July last year.
Bishnoi is the fourth person to be arrested for their alleged involvement in the app. The other three, nabbed by Mumbai Police, include a 19-year-old woman from Uttarakhand, also alleged to be a prime accused in the case.
Reproduced from media sources.