A Clubhouse chat targeting Muslim women has surfaced on social media, prompting the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) to seek action in the case. A viral clip doing rounds on the internet reveals vulgarity and sexually charged remarks being directed at Muslim women on the audio-only app.
DCW has asked the Delhi police to file a first information report (FIR) in the matter and make arrests, with an update on the report within the next five days. “In the said conversation, participants are clearly heard making obscene, vulgar and derogatory remarks… Someone has tweeted the recorded video of the filthy conversation,” the notice read.
The controversial chat room was reportedly titled ‘Muslim gals are more beautiful than Hindu gals.’
Swati Maliwal, DCW chair, sharing a copy of the commission’s notice to the Delhi police, tweeted, “Sulli bai, then Bulli bai and now indecent sexual remarks against Muslim girls on the Clubhouse app! How long will this last?”
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This attack against Muslim women on Clubhouse erupts not long after the controversial ‘Bulli Bai’ app that sought to ‘auction’ women from the community. The names and photos of tens of Muslim women – including outspoken journalists and activists speaking about social issues online – were morphed onto an app hosted by GitHub. The issue was brought to light on the first day of 2022.
‘Bulli Bai’ was similar in design to its predecessor app ‘Sulli Deals‘ that surfaced in 2021, which also aimed at targeted attacks against Muslim women. A Clubhouse chat was also identified last year indulging in similar abuse.
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The Delhi and Mumbai police teams have made multiple arrests in the ‘Bulli Bai’ case, including the creator of the app. Follow the case here. The creator of ‘Sulli Deals’ is also in police custody and the investigation reportedly indicates a link between the two ‘auction’ apps.
Survivors speaking to SheThePeople had expressed that the relative lack of action in the previous harassment cases resulted in the ‘Bulli Bai’ case. Read interviews here.
Police have drawn attention to ‘trad’ groups online, across platforms, who are allegedly spreading hate against minority communities.