‘Bulli Bai’ app, Mumbai police arrests three students
Shweta Singh was the brain behind the Bulli Bai app, where doctored photos of Muslim women were uploaded for an ‘auction’ with objectionable remarks against them
Mumbai: A day after arresting Second PU student Shweta Singh, the Mumbai police have arrested two young students in connection with ‘Bulli Bai app’, however, police have refused to divulge more details of their investigation as the case is considered as ‘sensitive’.
Police have arrested a 21-year-old student from Uttarakhand, Mayank Rawal and Vishal Kumar Jha, Engineering students from Bengaluru.
Total three people have been arrested for their involvement in Bulli Bai app and Twitter handle said Mumbai police commissioner Hemant Nagrale.
Mr. Nagrale said that “Twitter handles were used to promote the application. We found out the followers of this app. Vishal, who was arrested from Bengaluru”.
Shweta Singh was the brain behind the Bulli Bai app, where doctored photos of Muslim women were uploaded for an ‘auction’ with objectionable remarks against them.
Shweta Singh has controlled both the app and Twitter handle. She did it for money, he father had died last year due to Covid and she lost her mother too. The app was allegedly set up on December 31.
After receiving a complaint, Mumbai police have started the investigation. Police have received a complaint that doctored photographs of hundreds of Muslim women were uploaded for an auction on an app. ‘Bulli Bai’, a derogatory term to describe Muslim women. Earlier this year, a similar app called Sulli Deals had developed and it had sparked massive outrage.
"The app had five followers. We started investigating all of them. We came to know who were the operators. Pictures of well-known women were loaded along with objectionable messages," Mr Nagrale said.
Complainant Ismat Ara, a journalist filed a complaint to the police stating that 'Bulli Bai' app was developed to tarnish the image of Muslim women.
There was no actual 'auction' or 'sale' but the purpose of the app seemed to be to humiliate and intimidate women, many of them active on social media.
The Mumbai police had registered a First Information Report (FIR) against unidentified persons following complaints that doctored photographs of hundreds of Muslim women were uploaded for the auction’ on the app called ‘Bulli Bai’.