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GitHub consumer behind ‘Bulli Bai’ app blocked; IT Minister says additional motion being taken

The ‘Bulli Bai’ app is much like the ‘Sulli Deals’, which triggered a row final yr by providing customers a ‘sulli’ — an insulting time period utilized by right-wing trolls and extremists for Muslim ladies

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Delhi Police on Sunday registered a case primarily based on a criticism filed by a girl journalist alleging that she was being targetted by an unidentified group of individuals on a cell software named ‘Bulli Bai’ created on GitHub platform.

An FIR has been registered beneath Section 509 in Cyber Police station of South East district, Delhi Police stated. This comes six months after police in Delhi registered a case in reference to images of Muslim ladies being uploaded and “auctioned” on a Github app.

Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw late on Saturday tweeted that motion has been taken and the GitHub consumer behind the ‘Bulli Bai’ app had been blocked and “further action” was being coordinated.

“GitHub confirmed blocking the user this morning itself. Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Police authorities are coordinating further action,” Vaishnaw stated in a reply to a tweet by Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi.

Shiv Sena MP had requested, “I have repeatedly asked Hon. IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw ji to take stern action against such rampant misogyny and communal targeting of women through #sullideals like platforms. A shame that it continues to be ignored.”

Priyanka Chaturvedi later thanked the Union minister and hoped that the Home Minister’s Office and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will help Mumbai Police to seek out “these culprits.”

Meanwhile, National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma tweeted Sunday that the matter had been ‘famous’ :

A feminine journalist on Saturday had filed a criticism with the Delhi Police towards unknown individuals for allegedly importing her doctored image on a web site “with the intent of embarrassing and insulting Muslim women”.

She shared a duplicate of the criticism, submitted on-line at south Delhi’s CR Park police station, on her Twitter deal with. The girl, who works with an internet information portal, sought quick registration of an FIR and investigation towards the unknown set of people who find themselves “seeking to harass and insult Muslim women” on social media and the web.

“I was shocked to find out this morning that a website/portal called bullibai.github.io (since deleted) had a doctored picture of me in an improper, unacceptable and clearly lewd context. This needs immediate action, as the same is clearly designed to harass me and other similarly situated independent women and journalists,” the criticism acknowledged.

“I enclose snapshots of the said tweet directed at me herein as well as of other tweets. The term Bulli bai’ itself seems disrespectful and the content of this website/portal (bullibai.github.io) is clearly aimed at insulting Muslim women as the derogatory term Bulli’ is used exclusively for Muslim women and the entire website seems to have been designed with the intent of embarrassing and insulting Muslim women,” she stated.

Earlier in July, Delhi Police Special Cell had registered an FIR towards the creators of a cell software for allegedly importing images of Muslim ladies with out their consent and utilizing inappropriate remarks towards them. The case is expounded to an app named ‘Sulli Deal’ that allegedly uploads images of ladies with out their consent and makes use of the internet hosting platform ‘GITHUB’ to public sale the stolen images. The National Commission for Women (NCW) additionally took suo moto cognisance of the “defunct web site referred to as ‘Sulli Deals.

The ‘Bulli Bai’ app which has similarities to ‘Sulli Deals’, supplied customers a ‘sulli’ — an insulting time period utilized by right-wing trolls and extremists for Muslim ladies. In each circumstances there was no precise sale concerned, however that was hardly the purpose. The objective of the apps was to degrade, humiliate and harass its targets, critics say, in line with an NDTV report.

Two FIRs have been filed by the Delhi and Uttar Pradesh Police within the Sulli Deals incident final yr however no concrete motion has been taken towards the perpetrators to date.

Opposition leaders slammed the federal government and demanded Delhi Police take strict motion.

Shashi Tharoor, Congress MP Thiruvananthapuram

Karti Chidambaram, Congress MP Shivaganga

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi

CPIML Politburo member, Kavita Krishnan:

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