Hyderabad has also been hit by the Bulli Bai app, which targets Muslim women and puts them up for auction with photos. Khalida Parveen, 67, an independent journalist, and another woman were allegedly auctioned off by the Bulli Bai app. Khalida Parveen lodged a complaint with the Hyderabad CCS police.
It is learned that another woman had lodged a complaint in Cyberabad. "I campaigned for the arrest of Yati Narasimhanand Saraswati, an anarchist priest from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. I was involved in many rights movements. That's why my photo is also put in the Bulli Bai app. Muslim women are being targeted," she explained.
Police say the Bulli Bai app, currently hosted by Microsoft's GitHub, has been blocked and victims can file a complaint along with evidence. Victims are asked to come forward boldly and complain if there are also auctioned on the platform. Civil rights platform Telangana and Andhra Pradesh coordinators S Jeevan Kumar and VS Krishna said in a statement that they would stand by the affected Muslim women.
The Hyderabad Cyber Crime Police booked a case under section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Sections 354 D and 509 of the Indian Penal Code. Meanwhile, Mumbai police arrested 18-year-old Shweta Singh is termed as the prime accused in the case. They have arrested two other persons, including a 21-year-old civil engineering student from Bengaluru and a Class 11 student from Uttarakhand