Bulli Bai controversy: engineering student detained by Mumbai police from Bangalore

Bombay, January 4 (IANS): A 21-year-old engineering student was detained in Bangalore in a raid by a Mumbai police team in connection with the ‘Bulli Bai’ controversy.

The student is brought to Mumbai, but the police have not released more information.

The controversy, which erupted on January 1, saw the Bulli Bai app, on the Github hosting platform, post photos of a number of women of a particular religion, including journalists, social workers, students and famous people.

This happened six months after the “Sulli Deals” controversy.

Both names are derogatory terms for women of the particular religion.

The arrested student was one of Bulli Bai’s supporters who led the police to him.

Github had provided space for Sulli Deals and this time too the offending app was created on the platform. After the controversy, Github had removed the user from its hosting platform.

But by then, Bulli Bai had sparked a nationwide controversy.

The app was also promoted by a Twitter account with the name @bullibai, with the display image of a Khalistani supporter.

This Twitter account endorsed the Bulli Bai app saying women can be booked from the app. This handle was also promoting Khalistani content at the same time.

Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha member Priyanka Chaturvedi wrote to Mumbai police after which the case was filed.

A case in this regard has also been filed by the Delhi police.

When the Sulli Deal controversy surfaced, two FIRs were filed against strangers, but the culprits were never found or arrested.

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