New Delhi: Months after a now defunct website called ‘Sulli Deals’ put up photographs of Indian Muslim women, listing them for “sale”, a similar website and app by the name of ‘Bulli Bai’ has triggered outrage.
On the complaint of a woman journalist who had allegedly been targeted by the app, Delhi Police has registered an FIR under section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC, the ANI reported Sunday.
The app, which surfaced on software development platform GitHub and reportedly carried pictures of a 100 Muslim women, was called out by several women on social media Saturday.
Later in the day, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw tweeted that the app has been blocked by GitHub and the police and Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) — an agency under the IT ministry that deals with cyber security — are probing the matter.
The Delhi Police had tweeted Saturday that concerned officials had been directed to take appropriate action, reacting to a tweet by journalist Ismat Ara, who shared a screenshot of her photos featured on the app.
“Very sad that as a Muslim woman you have to start your new year with this sense of fear and disgust,” she wrote.
It is very sad that as a Muslim woman you have to start your new year with this sense of fear & disgust. Of course it goes without saying that I am not the only one being targeted in this new version of #sullideals. Screenshot sent by a friend this morning.
Happy new year. pic.twitter.com/pHuzuRrNXR
— Ismat Ara (@IsmatAraa) January 1, 2022
Another journalist, Hiba Beg, also shared on Twitter that her pictures “were being auctioned off” on the app.
Today I visited my grandmother’s grave for the first time since I lost her to COVID. As I sat in the car to go home, concerned friends told me that once again, my pictures were being auctioned off (along with those of other Muslim women) by Modi’s India. #BulliDeals (1)
— Hiba Bég (@HibaBeg) January 1, 2022
The website http://bullibai.github.io/ is no longer functional. Four Twitter accounts that were posting screenshots of the app (@wannabesigmaf, @bullibai_, @sage0x11 and @jattkhalsa7) have been deactivated.