Woman ‘mastermind’ from Uttrakhand, 2 others arrested in Bulli Bai case

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Mumbai: Three persons including a young woman have been arrested over the “Bulli Bai” app that shared pictures of Muslim women for an ‘auction’, reports said on Wednesday.

A 21-year-old from Uttarakhand is the latest to be arrested by the Mumbai police.

Mayank Rawal, a student, was caught in the early hours of Wednesday, reports said quoting an official. An engineering student from Bengaluru, Vishal Kumar Jha, was arrested earlier.

Quoting police, reports said that the brain behind the egregious app is teenager Shweta Singh, also from Uttarakhand. Singh controlled ‘Bulli Bai’ and three more apps, investigations reveal.

“The woman who was arrested from Uttarakhand’s Rudrapur in the ‘Bulli Bai’ app case belongs to a poor family and her father is not alive. It seems she got involved in such activities for money,” NDTV reported quoting Uttarakhand police chief Ashok Kumar.

A First Information Report (FIR) was first registered following complaints that doctored photographs of hundreds of Muslim women were uploaded for an ‘auction’ on an app hosted on the open-source software platform GitHub.

The app was called ‘Bulli Bai’, a derogatory term to describe Muslim women.

A similar app and website called ‘Sulli Deals’ had surfaced earlier this year and had sparked massive outrage.


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