Bulli Bai App Case: Fifth Suspect Arrested From Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: A person from Odisha, a suspect in the Bulli Bai app case,  has been arrested by the Mumbai cyber police. The identity of the accused was not known immediately.

Mumbai Police are probing two web pages hosted on the code-sharing platform, GitHub. The first web page was floated in July 2021 and the second, Bulli Bai, surfaced on January 1.

The web pages were named after derogatory references to the Muslim community. Hundreds of Muslim women, including vocal activists and top professionals, were listed for “auction” along with their photographs sourced without permission and doctored. Activists have pointed out that despite complaints, no action was taken in the July case. They added the pages were meant to demean Muslim women.

While there was no actual `auction’ or `sale’, the purpose of the app seemed to be to humiliate and intimidate the targeted women, many of whom are active social media users.

The Mumbai cyber police station has also registered a case against the app’s unidentified developers and Twitter handles which promoted it.

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