Delhi police registered the case and launched an investigation following a complaint filed by a journalist, whose name appeared on the app.
Indian authorities have launched an investigation into an app in which hundreds of Muslim women were listed for “auction” using photos taken from their social media accounts without their permission.
The Delhi police registered a case after getting a complaint from journalist Ismat Ara, whose name is listed on the Bulli Bai app.
Journalist and human rights lawyer Mariya Salim also found out on Sunday that her name was listed on the Bulli Bai app.
Hundreds of images of Muslim women were uploaded to the app on the open software development site GitHub, and users were asked to take part in an "auction."
Just found out that I was also up on Auction. Those who are scared of us Indian Muslim women know that we will not be bowed down by your filth.— Mariya Salim (@MariyaS87) January 2, 2022
For those in the administration who took no concrete action with #SulliDeals this one is on you. Shame on you.
The app appeared to be similar to another one called "Sulli Deals" which sparked outrage about six months ago by offering users "Sulli", a derogatory name used by right-wing social media trolls for Muslim women, as so-called "deals of the day."
The account has been blocked by GitHub and the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and police authorities are coordinating further action, said Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Twitter.
Parliamentarian Priyanka Chaturvedi has also raised the issue with the Mumbai police.
Many social media users voiced support for the women, arguing that the purpose of targeting Muslim women is to cause physical and mental agony. Many claimed the people behind the apps are from right-wing groups.
UPDATE: A complaint has been filed by me with the Cyber Cell of Delhi Police for immediate registration of FIR and consequent action against people behind the auctioning of Muslim women on social media. #sullideals #BulliDeals @DelhiPolice pic.twitter.com/oX3ROLEgv1— Ismat Ara (@IsmatAraa) January 1, 2022