Delhi Police writes to Clubhouse, Google as Muslim women continue to face online attack

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New Delhi: As Muslims in India continue to face harassment, Delhi police have written to Clubhouse app and Google asking for information of the organiser of an audio group chat in which obscene comments were made against Muslim women.

“The police have also identified some members of the group audio chat, which included men and women from both communities,” news agency PTI reported quoting official sources.

The report added that Google has been asked to provide information about the Clubhouse application as well as the reason behind hosting it on their play store.

The report quoting police officials said that the preliminary inquiry has revealed that all of the suspects used fake names and operated from fake accounts.

“We have identified five to six suspects as of now who were part of the alleged chat room. Many of them are also based outside Delhi and other states. Suspects include both men and women and all of them are adults,” the report quoted police sources as saying.

Earlier on Tuesday, a First Information Report was filed after Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) sent a notice to the Delhi police demanding the prosecution of all the individuals involved in the act.

The case is being looked through section 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts of prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting it’s religion or religious beliefs) and 354 A (sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment).

This comes only days after Muslim women were put up for an online ‘auction’ through Bulli Bai app. The app alters the photographs of the women and shares them widely without their consent.

However, few of the accused involved in Bulli Bai app have been arrested and further investigation is going on.

Last week, Dr Gregroy Stanton, the President of Genocide Watch warned that something similar to the inhumane Rwandan genocide could happen in India if stern action isn’t taken by the Government of India.

“A gathering of saffron-robed Hindu monks held last month at the north Indian Hardiwar city was exactly aimed at inciting the genocide of Muslims,” Dr Gregory Stanton, President of Genocide Watch at a Congressional Briefing organized in Washington, DC, said on January 12.

“As the leader of India, he has an obligation to denounce this genocidal speech… Yet, Narendra Modi has not spoken against it,” he said.

Gregory H. Stanton is a former Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at George Mason University in the US.

He is world-renowned for his work in the area of genocide studies. He is the founder and president of Genocide Watch, the founder and director of the Cambodian Genocide Project, and the Chair of the Alliance Against Genocide. From 2007 to 2009 he was the President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars.

Amnesty International USA, Genocide Watch, and 17 other human rights organisations in the USA have expressed concern over the plight of Muslims in India during the Congressional Briefing.


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