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App that listed Muslim women on sale reappears, triggers outrage
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App that listed Muslim women on sale reappears, triggers outrage

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 02 Jan 2022, 01:38 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Complaints about a dodgy app listing hundreds of Muslim women for sale with their photos sourced without permission from social media platforms has triggered a massive controversy.

After a massive outrage, Delhi Police said it has launched an investigation following a case filed by journalist Ismat Ara.

Priyanka Chaturvedi, an MP from Maharashtra's ruling Shiv Sena, said a probe had also been launched in Mumbai.

The Mumbai cyber police have begun a probe into the objectionable content on the app 'Bulli Bai', an official told news agency PTI.

Apparently, the app is a clone of Sulli Deals which led to a row last year by offering users a "Sulli" - a derogatory term used by right-wing social media trolls for Muslim women - calling them "deals of the day", according to NDTV.

It singled out Muslim women with strong social media presence.

The app seems to have been removed after being posted on the Microsoft-owned software sharing platform GitHub which allows anyone to upload an in-development app.

Removing the Sulli Bai app after complaints last time, GitHub had said, "We suspended user accounts following the investigation of reports of such activity, all of which violate our policies."

According to media reports, two First Information Reports or FIRs were filed by the Delhi and Uttar Pradesh Police in the 'Sulli Deals' controversy last year. However, no significant action was taken to nab the culprits.