Bulli Bai’ app case in India has triggered particular community’s rage

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IFSO (Intelligence Fusions and Strategic Operations) unit of Delhi Police’s Special Cell has tracked down creator of ‘Bulli Bai’ app from Assam, India. What exactly ‘Bulli Bai’ app is? ‘Bulli Bai’ app made headlines in India, when a female journalist filed complaint against it. The app targeted women from a particular community, by putting up their photos online for auction. Photos of several Muslim women were posted on app without their consent for the bidding. 21-year-old Neeraj Bishnoi has been arrested few days ago.

Earlier, Police arrested three people in connection with the case. Shweta Singh (19) from Uttarakhand, Mayank Rawal (21) from the same state and an engineering student Vishal Kumar Jha (21) from Bengaluru while the Investigation is ongoing. As per the information, police said Neeraj is highly radicalized and speaks English fluently. He also confirmed that he has no regrets for doing any of it. The app was on open-source platform GitHub, that triggered various people in country for humiliating women online.   

Information says, this is not the first time, case like this has been registered. Instead, this is the second time in a year. Naz Khan is a working woman, who also advocates against domestic violence and female abuse practices. After this incident, she talks to Eat News and said, ‘This is very shameful. The whole incident shows, how women are treated in a society, surrounded by educated people. And the suspects are all young and are still pursuing studies, which is shocking. In a journey of pursuing academics that shapes a mindset of a person, one is finding ways to humiliate women and that too from a particular community.’

Recently, a twitter handle tweeted, ‘You have arrested the wrong person, slumbai police. I am the creator of #BulliBaiApp. Got nothing to do with the two innocents whom u arrested, release them asap,’ @giyu44 tweeted. Further it said, ‘When this fiasco started, I wasn’t even aware of what it might entail, so I use my friends accounts. Both Vishal and that Swati girl, I use their accounts. They didn’t know what I was going to do. Now they got arrested coz of me…. Feel free to abuse me in comments.’ The user asserted about surrender if someone arranges flight ticket for travel. This helped Police to track down the user. Neeraj Bishnoi is a 2nd year student of B. Tech course from Vellore Institute of Technology, Bhopal. After the arrest, he has been suspended form the college.

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 ‘Crime against women has never gone down in the country. Be it digitally, physically, mentally. It is high time that there should be strict law enforcement regarding such cases’, said Naz. She personally thinks, cyber crime and bullying is a new trend criminal follows that gives them anonymity and inner pleasure. She told Eat News, ‘Today’s generation is dependent on social media platforms. And they have created their own different world. No doubt, suspects behind this app are young but using it against a gender without their consent is a crime. And people should understand cyber crime is not a light thing, it crushes mental health of people that can lead to serious consequences, depression, suicides and even murders.’

Targeting women from a particular community is triggering lot of people. According to Javed, who works in a repairing shop says, ‘This shows how you are as a person. Posting several pictures of Muslim women online without their consent is very inappropriate. They are mother, sister, friend, maybe wife of anybody. How this can be justified. No, it cannot, strict action has to be taken. Targeting a particular community has to stop. Evil minds like them belongs behinds the bars.’ College student Shabnam said, ‘Such hatred against women and especially from a community is a vey regressive mindset. Women are always considered as a soft target. Now government should bring some stricter laws against cyber-crime, as we as a generation is moving fast towards it’.

Heena, a corporate worker shared her views on the incident and said, ‘First, it is not the about the community, it is about women. Leaking someone’s personal details, without their consent is a crime and should have strict punishment. Second, since all the identities belonged to the same community, I get the anger they must have.’

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Naz completely has a different perspective and said, ‘This is all because of certain narrative and mindset that gets promoted and young people volunteers to contribute in building them up in return of some financial support and sometimes other needs. But they unaware that in all this, people from minority background and vulnerable section of the society pays the price. This definitely needs to be heard and strict actions should be taken against him as he is clearly not regretting about his mentality’.

Similar cases have been registered before, but targeting women from the whole community has outraged people from the country and now they are demanding justice and strict action against the case.



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Shefali Ranawat is an Eat News correspondent in India. She want to be the voice of people. Also, she aim to be a war correspondent.


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