Indian accounts stole pictures of Muslim women mostly from Pakistan during Eid, ‘auctioning’ them for bids on Twitter and YouTube.
Indian right-wing accounts have been found to be preying on Muslim women during Eid.
A YouTube channel called ‘Liberal Doge Live’ known for its brazenly Islamophobic content even live streamed pictures of Muslim women mostly from Pakistan.
Last night there was the most horrendous and sleazy targeting of Muslim women by certain handles. Women were being auctioned off and sleazy things were being said. How long will we tolerate this sort of sexual harassment of women and inciting of sexual violence?
— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) May 14, 2021
Last night, there was a horrible targeting of Indian & Pakistani Muslim women by Sanghi IT cell.
One of the perps is @mba_bureaucrat. This person is P Mahto not Mehta. Son of Ramchandra Mahto – head of Munger Lawyer’s Assn, Bihar.
— Saket Gokhale (@SaketGokhale) May 14, 2021
Apparently Indian RW men saw pictures of Pakistani girls celebrating Eid and made really disgusting comments, forcing them to pull the pics.
In this, Indian RW men aren’t bigoted at all. They would do the same to Indian women too.
— Ajay Kamath (@ajay43) May 14, 2021
The YouTube channel with over 14,000 subscribers had streamed stolen pictures of Pakistani women on its channel. The description said, “quench your lust with your eyes.”
Indian transparency activist Saket Gokhale claims that one of the perpetrators is from Bihar.
Another Indian journalist Rohini Singh in a tweet to Hemant Soren, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand asked for action against another perpetrator from Jharkhand.
The Jharkhand state government has ordered probe against the culprits.
— Hemant Soren (@HemantSorenJMM) May 14, 2021
Many Muslim women have also spoken out about a bidding that ‘auctions’ off women on a daily basis on Twitter.
Be it any Muslim festival, they find a way to abuse and harass. Today, they used Eid pictures of Pakistani girls and organized an 'auction',they were selling off girls virtually! Now they are after IM women handles. Extremely triggering stuff being written,that too with impunity.
— Zoya Rasul (@zoyarasul) May 13, 2021
Every single day, RW scums achieve a new low. They have made life hell for the rest of us on social media. From abuses to threats to misusing pictures and actually auctioning women online, they are a reminder of why this country is no place for women. Please report this tr@sh too pic.twitter.com/NHej9fDFnT
— Sania Ahmad (@SaniaAhmad1111) May 13, 2021
These Sanghi parasites have made the internet a living hell for people. Twitter, FB, Insta are all complicit in letting these scums flourish.
They stole Eid pictures of Muslim women and put them on auction. In a half civilized country, these potential rapists would be in jail. https://t.co/xShZdWzNlY
— Saif (@isaifpatel) May 13, 2021
The perpetrators have taken down their content or locked their accounts to private. But people are demanding action against them.
It has also put the question on platforms like Twitter, which have been accused of complacency towards women safety by right-wing accounts in India.
A 2020 report Toxic Twitter by Amnesty International questioned the platform for not doing enough to protect women from online violence and abuse despite repeated promises.