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Delhi Court rejected Bail of Mastermind behind Sulli App

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Nishka Srinivas Veluvali

Published On: January 15, 2022 at 18:08 IST

On Friday, the Delhi Court rejected Bail to Neeraj Bishnoi, who was one of the Accused as well as the mastermind of derogatory Sulli App, which was used to auction Muslim women online.

The Court stated that the Accused’s act was offensive towards the modesty and dignity of women pertaining to a particular community.

Bishnoi along with three others were Accused of taking pictures of Muslim women from their social media accounts without their permission and then posting on them on the app for “Sale”.

Bulli Bai is a derogatory and defamatory way referring to Muslim women.

The Sulli App was hosted on the GitHub platform which was later taken down due to the aggressive outrage on social media.

Opposing the Bail application of Bishnoi, the police officials have stated that they are still investigating the digital equipment used for creating such app. They also informed the Court that there were several cases registered against Bishnoi in different Police Stations.

The Court observed that since the evidences and allegations are substantial and materialistic and the investigation of the Case is still underway there is no scope of Bail to the Accused at this stage.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma said that the app launched by them was a “vilification campaign against women”.

The Court Order stated that, “The facts disclose accused created an app where women journalists, celebrities of a particular community, famous on social media are targeted, projected in a bad light with an objective to insult and humiliate them”.

Niraj Bishnoi is an engineering student residing in Assam who earlier this month was Arrested and kept in custody for 7 days.

He was charged under Section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 354A (sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of women).