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Delhi court grants bail to creators of ‘Bullai Bai, Sulli Deals’ apps on humanitarian grounds

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New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday granted bail to the ‘Bulli Bai’ app case accused Niraj Bishnoi and ‘Sulli Deals’ app creator Omkareshwar Thakur on ‘humanitarian grounds’.

The court considered that the accused are first time offenders and continued incarceration would be detrimental to their overall wellbeing.

The court had imposed strict conditions on the accused persons so that they could not threaten any witness and temper any evidence.

The conditions include that the accused person would not try to contact, influence, and induce any victim.

The accused person would not tamper with evidence, would provide his contact details to Investigation Officer and would keep his phone switched on and would provide his location to the investigating officer, said the order.

In both cases, there was no actual sale – the purpose was to degrade and humiliate Muslim women, many of whom have been outspoken about the rising tide of Hindu nationalism.

Though both apps were created months apart from each other, Thakur was arrested only after the Bulli Bai app generated anger and outrage in January.

The open-source app, hosted on the web platform Git Hub, had uploaded photos of more than 100 Muslim women without their permission.

Sulli Deals was created in July 2021 – it had taken publicly available pictures and created profiles for more than 80 Muslim women, describing them as “deals of the day”.

 

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