Three suspects, including the so-called main defendant, were arrested by Mumbai police, and the app “sold” more than a hundred women.
In recent days, several Indian Muslim women stated on social media that their photos were used without consent to create an open source application on GitHub, an open software development platform owned by Microsoft.
The app is called “Bulli Bai”, which is a derogatory term describing Muslim women.
According to the Indian News Agency, the cybercrime unit of the Mumbai police arrested Mayank Rawal, 21, from the northern state of Uttarakhand on Wednesday morning.
Mumbai police arrested another student in the “Bulli Bai” application case: official
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) January 5, 2022
After Vishal Kumar, a 21-year-old engineering student, was arrested at the southern science and technology center in Bangalore on Tuesday, Laval was the third person to be arrested in the case.
On the same day, Shweta Singh, a 19-year-old woman suspected of being the main defendant in this case, was arrested in Uttarakhand.
In a police complaint filed on Sunday, the app targeted Ismat Ara, a New Delhi journalist who was “auctioning” online, stating that it was an attempt to harass Muslim women.
“The aforementioned GitHub is violent and threatening, and intends to create a sense of fear and shame in my mind and in the minds of ordinary women and in the Muslim community. Women in the Muslim community are becoming Attack target,” the complaint, this was posted by Allah on social media.
Last Saturday, Indian Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated that GitHub has confirmed that it has blocked users who created the “Bulli Bai” application, which is based on a similar application named “Shirley Offer” Nearly 80 Indian Muslim women were “sold”.
No one has been arrested in the “Shirley Deal” case.