A vicious Indian App designed by extremists erupts over the digital podium and has shaken the masses. Activists, artists, and journalists found their names and photographs displayed on the site without their consent. Dozens of Muslim women in India found they had been put up for sale online, with real pictures. Sulli’ is a derogatory word for Muslim women. Sulli Deals: The Indian Muslim Women ‘Up For Sale’ on App: Removed After Outrage.
The filthy app spotted by Hana Khan, a commercial pilot
The tweet took her to “Sulli Deals”, an app and website that had taken publicly available pictures of women and created profiles, describing the women as “deals of the day”. Hana was on the list, told the BBC she was shaken when a friend sent her a tweet.
Filed an FIR.
I’m resolute and firm in getting these cowards to pay for what they have done.
These repeat offences will not be taken sitting down.
Do your worse. I will do mine.
I am a non-political account targeted because of my religion and gender.#sullideals pic.twitter.com/mvt20VWPqp
— Hana Mohsin Khan (@girlpilot_) July 7, 2021
Didn’t check Twitter last night. Woke up this morning to realise my name, along with those of many other Muslim women was up on GitHub as a list of “Sulli Deals”. Thankfully by the time I came across it, it had been taken down. But just the screenshots sent shivers down my spine. pic.twitter.com/CGXivEyjyC
— Fatima Khan (@khanthefatima) July 5, 2021
Hana told the BBC
“In a bid to target and harass Muslim women, a website called ‘Sulli Deals’ advertised 90 Indian Muslim women for sale. Abuse is abuse. As women, we walk down the street, and we are pinched and touched without our consent. The only difference, and the most frustrating part about this, is that I still don’t know who is behind this. I did not sleep the whole night the moment I saw myself “for sale”. The women, who were doxed, are also facing moral policing from some in their community for posting their pictures on social media. They are telling us this was bound to happen if, as Muslim women, we put our pictures online. This is victim-blaming. Those behind this think women are soft targets, that we will be shamed as a society. It is our community’s responsibility to not let them win. We don’t fit in as the perfect victims, we don’t fit into their narrative of Muslim women. Their idea of a Muslim woman is fundamentally flawed. We are targeted because when we talk, people listen.”
I addressed how there have been attempts to whitewash this into an “all women” issue. This is most definitely an issue of misogyny, but of misogyny coupled with loads of Islamophobia. Don’t erase that. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/TEASsCPwSN
— Fatima Khan (@khanthefatima) July 11, 2021
Noor, a public health professional expressed her grief
“They targeted us because we are women, we are Muslim and we are outspoken. I woke up on Monday to find I am being “auctioned” online on a GitHub website, “Sulli Deals. I was not the only one. Nearly 80 Muslim women, mostly artists, researchers, journalists, and students, who are active on social media, found their identities doxxed and their pictures and names displayed on this site without their consent, alongside derogatory and objectifying titles like “Your sulli deal of the day is”. I was enraged, how low can you stoop just because you hate us? It is plain Islamophobia. We were on the ground, we were working for the people and we were occupying space. Throughout the pandemic, I have been working with various non-profit organizations to raise awareness and funds for everyone, from COVID-19 victims to Rohingya refugees, who lost everything in the fire at the Kanchan Kunj camp in Delhi. This is not the first time I have faced hate and abuse online for my identity, but I didn’t expect such a coordinated campaign. It is not easy to build a website on GitHub and this one had animation and clear language. There are educated people involved here.”
Conferring to the victims,
“The website on GitHub, an open-source software development platform, claimed to be a “community-driven, open-source project.” Many from the “right-wing ecosystem” posted and shared the website on Twitter. Ajeet Bharti, ex-editor of Op-India and co-founder of Do Politics, came under fire for promoting the website.”
Ajeet Bharti protects the app by a “nasty tweet”
“If someone brings a good deal to general mass, what can be wrong,”
One of the women targeted by the website screeches,
“These people are not sorry, they are not scared, because they know nothing will happen to them. If the police had intended, these people would have been found by now and these potential rapists would have been behind bars.”
Sulli Deals: The Indian Muslim Women ‘Up For Sale’ on App: Removed After Outrage
According to the news,
“After a massive push to report GitHub, the website content has been taken offline and the account has been suspended. However, the Microsoft-owned company has not regressed to the women regarding the account’s identity nor has it announced any formal investigation into the matter.
An anonymous Twitter account has claimed responsibility for building the website with a used proton mail and a paid VPN. The account’s owner said that he plans to restart the page and has already started putting up the code. The GitHub site comes just a few weeks before Eid-ul-Adha, which Muslims will celebrate this year on July 21.
Many Muslim women see this as a climb of the cyberbullying, harassment, and policing of Indian Muslim women online from the deepfake sex tapes of journalist Rana Ayyub to the character assassination of activist Safoora Zargar during her trial last year.
Last month, a group of Indian extremists lynched yet another Muslim boy and brutally beat him in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district after he refused to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.