The Mumbai Police on Monday detained a 21-year-old engineering student from Bengaluru in the ‘Bulli Bai’ case. The ‘Bulli Bai’ app was created using the open-source platform GitHub and pictures of hundreds of Muslim women were uploaded on it. The identity of the detained student has not been disclosed saying it may affect the investigation. Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi has confirmed the action in this matter. Along with this, he has also taken a jibe at Delhi Police in a way that justice is expected from Mumbai Police in such a case. Mumbai Police took this action within two days, whereas Delhi Police has not been able to make any arrest till now in the case of ‘Sully Deal’ only six months ago.
Maharashtra Minister of State (Home & IT) Satej Patil tweeted, ‘Update on Bulli Bai Case. Mumbai Police has got a success. Although we cannot disclose the details at this time as it may hamper the ongoing investigation, I want to assure all the victims that we are pursuing the perpetrators continuously and they will be before the law soon.’
On January 1, Mumbai Cyber Police registered an FIR against unknown persons and Twitter handle promoting ‘Bulli Bai’ app. The case was registered under sections 354-D (pursuing women), 500 (punishment for defamation) and other sections of the Information Technology Act. DCP Rashmi Karandikar is investigating the matter.
Some of the women who have been targeted on this objectionable app had complained on social media. A well-known journalist shared the matter on Twitter. He claimed that a group called ‘Bulli Bai’ was created on GitHub like ‘Sully Deals’ that would take pictures of Muslim women from their social media accounts to encourage people to participate in their ‘auctions’.
Now after the action in this matter, Priyanka Chaturvedi has tweeted and said, ‘Nothing more to say other than that Mumbai Police continues to be a ray of justice and hope.’
On January 1, Priyanka Chaturvedi wrote on Twitter when this matter of Bulli Bai came to light, ‘I have repeatedly asked Hon’ble IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnav ji to communally target such large scale of women through platforms like Sully Deal. Strict action has been asked against leaving. It’s a shame that it is constantly being ignored.
However, later in response to his tweet, Ashwini Vaishnav said that GitHub has confirmed the user’s block this morning itself. He had said that CERT and police officials are coordinating further action.
Delhi Police also tweeted on the same day saying that the matter has been taken into consideration. He had also said that the officials concerned have been directed to take appropriate action. Later an FIR was also registered in this case.
No arrests have been made in connection with the two FIRs registered by Delhi and Uttar Pradesh Police in the ‘Sulli Deal’ controversy. It’s been six months since that dispute happened. Photos of Muslim women were also auctioned from the Sulli Deal app. Not a single arrest has been made in this case so far.