Investigation Launched into App “Selling” Women
Police in India have launched an investigation into an app featuring images of Muslim women whom it described as being “for sale as maids.”
Open-source online auction application Bulli Bai was hosted by GitHub but has now been removed from the online platform. Indian minister for information and technology Ashwini Vaishnawm said on Saturday that GitHub also blocked the user who uploaded the app.
Complaints about Bulli Bai were received by law enforcement officers in two Indian states. The BBC reports that photos of more than 100 women were shared without their permission through the app.
Journalist Ismat Ara was one of the women whose photo and name were used on the Bulli Bai app by unidentified cyber-harassers. She has filed a police complaint alleging multiple charges, including sexual harassment and promoting enmity on the grounds of religion.
Reports of Bulli Bai come six months after an app and website named Sulli Deals took photos of 80 Muslim women that had been uploaded to the internet and used them to create fake profiles. The women in the profiles were then described as "deals of the day" that could be purchased.
Asra stated that the fact that no arrests have