India, Muslim women at auction: this is what an app proposed before being closed following numerous complaints. And this is not an isolated case
In India it was widespread an app on which dozens of Muslim women they would have been “auctioned“This is the second time in a year. The app, known as Bulli Bai, published the shots of over 100 women claiming they were for sale. The police of at least two states, reports La Presse, have registered complaints.
Among the accused are system developers, social media managers who shared the contents, the GitHub platform. Later, the app was removed, BBC reported. No sales were actually planned. As has happened previously, it was an organized action to try to humiliate women of the Muslim faith, in the highly polarized climate of the country.
The precedent was in July, when an app called “Sulli Deals” had spread the profiles of over 80 women saying they would be put up for sale, using photos uploaded online. Be “Sulli”, be “Bullies”, are derogatory slang terms that i right-wing Hindu troll they use in an attempt to demean Muslim women.
Six months after the complaints related to the Sulli Deals app, no arrests have been made and numerous voices are calling for more decisive action against the‘interreligious hatred and misogyny, denouncing that inaction breeds new abuses.
Among women listed by the apps are there also Bollywood journalists, activists, actresses. According to a 2018 Amnesty International report on online harassment in India, the more a woman has a public profile the more likely she is to be targeted, which is further increased for those belonging to religious minorities and disadvantaged castes.
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