The accused has been identified as 21-year-old Neeraj Bishnoi and will reach Delhi at around 3.30 pm, he said. Police said that Bishnoi is a resident of Jorhat and studies in Bhopal.
According to the police, Bishnoi had created the ‘Bully Bai’ app on the GitHub platform and he is also the main account holder of ‘Bully Bai’ on Twitter. The accused has been arrested by the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit of Delhi Police.
“He was arrested from Jorhat on Thursday morning using technical analysis and IPDR (Internet Protocol Detail Records) and Gateway,” Deputy Commissioner of Police IFSC, KPS Malhotra said.
DCP told that Bishnoi is a second year B.Tech student from Vellore Institute of Technology, Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. This is the fourth arrest in the case.
The Cyber Cell of Mumbai Police, which is probing the case, has made three arrests earlier. Mayank Rawal (21 years) was arrested from Uttarakhand in the early hours of Wednesday (January 5) in the case. 19-year-old Shweta Singh was arrested from Rudrapur in Uttarakhand on January 4, while engineering student Vishal Kumar Jha (21 years) was arrested from Bengaluru on January 3.
Photos of hundreds of Muslim women were morphed and uploaded without their permission for ‘auction’ on the ‘Bully Bai’ mobile application. The app appears to be a variant of ‘Sully Deal’, which sparked a similar controversy last year.
Earlier, the Mumbai Police had informed that the ‘Bully Bye’ app was hosted on the open-source software platform GitHub. Later it was blocked by the platform. Actually it was not a real ‘auction’ or ‘sale’. The app was intended to humiliate and intimidate the targeted women, many of whom are active on social media.
The police also claimed that the accused seemed to have used names belonging to the Sikh community in their Twitter handles to mislead people and the accused could not be identified.
In a release issued by the police, the release said, “Names belonging to the Sikh community were used to show that these Twitter handles were created by the people of that community.”
It said that since the women targeted were Muslims, there was a possibility that this could lead to “enmity between the two communities” and “disturbing of public peace”.
Significantly, without permission of hundreds of Muslim women, their photographs were tampered with and uploaded for ‘auction’ on the ‘Bully Bai’ app.
Based on a complaint lodged by one of the women targeted by the app, the Cyber Police Station (West) of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch had registered an FIR on January 1 against unidentified persons who developed the app and some Twitter handles reported it. Content was disseminated.
The app was hosted by the US-based open-source software platform GitHub on December 31, 2021, in which at least 100 Muslim women were posted online along with vulgar remarks of molested images.
It is noteworthy that this is the second time this has happened in less than a year. Named ‘Bully Bai’, the app is similar to ‘Sully Deals’, which led to a similar controversy last year.
In July last year, some unidentified people had uploaded photos of hundreds of Muslim women for ‘auction’ on an app called Sulli Deals like ‘Bully Bye’.
According to a report by NDTV, two FIRs were registered by Delhi and Uttar Pradesh Police in the Sully Deals app case, though no significant action has been taken against those responsible so far.
This time an online portal named ‘Bullibai’ (bullibai.github.io) has conducted an ‘auction’ (derogatory) using manipulated images of these Muslim women without their consent with the sole intention of disrespecting these women. by using the word ‘Bulli’ (Bulli).
Many women have told that their pictures are being used on this platform. in these the wire Key journalist Ismat Ara, who also shared a screenshot of this website on Twitter, in which she was described as the ‘Bully by the Day’.
(with input from news agency language)
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