After ‘Sulli Deals’, Indian Muslim Women Listed For Auction On ‘Bulli Bai’ App And There Isn’t Enough Outrage

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Last year, photos of Indian Muslim women surfaced online as they were uploaded on a GitHub app called ‘Sulli Deals’. The app created by right-wing trolls used pictures of hundreds of Muslim women to set up a virtual auction, calling them Sulli (an offensive term) “deals of the day”. The controversial app received massive backlash and while the aforementioned “auction” wasn’t real, it was a serious case of harassment and cyber crime that compromised the safety of several Indian women. And now, there’s a similar, equally dangerous app called ‘Bulli Bai’ that has sparked a fresh row.

Bulli Bai appears to be another version of Sulli Deals. Upon opening the app, users see a Muslim woman’s picture for auction. The app makers usually target women with sizeable social media followings who speak up against the atrocities faced by Indian Muslims. Many took to social media to share the traumatic experience of finding their photos on the app.

It’s needless to say that the internet was outraged.

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While many came forward to condemn the harassment, blatant misogyny and islamophobia, it’s appalling to see the events of last year repeated all over again. It certainly goes to show that not enough people are speaking up against the open hate.

Currently, the Bulli Bai app has been taken down from GitHub. Mumbai Cyber Police and Delhi Police are investigating the case as revealed in an update from Information and Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.

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