New Delhi [India], Jan. 2 (ANI): Delhi police on Sunday recorded a case based on a complaint filed by a female journalist alleging that she was being targeted by an unidentified group of people on a mobile app named “Bulli Bai” created on the GitHub platform.
An FIR has been registered under section 509 at the South East District Cyber ââPolice Station, Delhi police said.
It comes six months after Delhi police recorded a case of photos of Muslim women uploaded and “auctioned off” on a Github app.
Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw tweeted on Saturday evening that action had been taken and the GitHub user behind the âBulli Baiâ app had been blocked and that â other measures âwere being coordinated.
âGitHub confirmed the user blocking this morning itself. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and law enforcement are coordinating other actions,â Vaishnaw said in a response to a tweet from Shiv Sena MP Rajya Sabha, Priyanka Chaturvedi.
Shiv Sena MP asked, “I have repeatedly called on the Honorable Minister of Informatics Ashwini Vaishnaw ji to take tough action against such widespread misogyny and community targeting of women through #sullideals like platforms. Too bad it continues to be ignored. “
Later, Priyanka Chaturvedi thanked the Union Minister and hoped that the Home Secretary’s Office and the MEITY Department of Electronics and Information Technology would support the Mumbai Police in finding these culprits.
“Sir, thank you. With all due respect, I have shared with you that in addition to blocking the platform punishing offenders creating such sites is important. I hope the minister’s office ‘Interior and MEITY will support Mumbai Police to find these culprits and hold them responsible as platforms as well. “
Delhi Police said on Sunday that a complaint was lodged by a woman at Cyber ââPolice Station where she alleged her photo was uploaded to a website to target her.
The complainant said she is calling for the immediate registration of the FIR and an immediate investigation against strangers who seek to harass and insult Muslim women on social media and the internet.
Police had previously said the case had been taken into account and those responsible had been ordered to take appropriate action.
Meanwhile, in her complaint, the woman told police she was shocked to learn that a website / portal “had a forged photo of me in an inappropriate, unacceptable and clearly obscene context.”
âSocial media being a form of public expression cannot be used to demean and denigrate women in general and Muslim women in particular by misogynist sections of society. This is nothing less than online harassment and the tweet referred to here is itself subject to criminal prosecution. ,” she said.
“The said ‘github’ is violent, threatening and aims to create a sense of fear and shame in my mind, as well as in the minds of women in general, and the Muslim community whose women are targeted in this hateful manner. In fact, this website targets other Muslim women as well, âsaid the complainant.
Opposition leaders also condemned the act and called on the Delhi government and police to take strict action.
“It is unacceptable that this project of dangerous anti-Muslim misogyny is back. The appalling accusation as to the state of affairs, that not only was nothing done the last time, but these forces are also emboldened to repeat all because the establishment supports them, “tweeted Congresswoman Karti Chidambaram.
“Disgusting. The inaction of the authorities has made these criminals brazen. Ashwini Vaishnaw, National Commission for Women and the Delhi Police, please investigate and take strict action,” said AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.
Communist Party of India (ICC) leader Kavita Krishnan said: âIn anger and in solidarity with Ismat Araa, Samreen and other Muslim women have been subjected to vile online ‘auctions’ by Sanghi garbage. police deliberate inaction on #sullideals has emboldened terrorists to resurface as #bullibai. “
Earlier in July, the Delhi Police Special Cell registered an FIR against the creators of a mobile app for allegedly uploading photos of Muslim women without their consent and using inappropriate remarks against them. The case relates to an application named “SULLI DEAL” which allegedly downloads photos of women without their consent and uses the “GITHUB” hosting platform to auction the stolen photos.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) also became aware of the “defunct website called” Sulli Deals “suo moto. (ANI)