‘Obscene remarks about Muslim women’ on Clubhouse group: FIR registered, Delhi Police asks app about chat organizer’s details

Delhi Cyber Cell Police on Wednesday wrote to Clubhouse app seeking details about the organiser of the alleged audio chat group in which some “obscene comments were made against Muslim women”, news agency PTI reported.

Earlier on Tuesday, Delhi Police filed a FIR under several sections against unknown people after the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a notice to the police demanding action against unknown people who made “obscene comments against Muslim women” on the Clubhouse app.

FIR has been registered under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the ground of religion), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion) and 354 A (sexual harassment).

Earlier, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had on Tuesday, sought immediate registration of an FIR over the incident. ”Someone tagged me on Twitter the detailed audio conversation on the Clubhouse app which targeted Muslim women and girls and made disgusting sexual comments against them,” DCW chief Swati Maliwal said, demanding punitive action against the alleged persons.

On Monday, a video of a Clubhouse conversation went viral on social media on the topic ‘Muslim gals are more beautiful than hindu gals’. In the said conversation, the participants were allegedly heard making obscene, vulgar and derogatory remarks targeting Muslim women and girls.

The Commission asked the police to register an FIR immediately and arrest the accused participants. Maliwal said, “The Delhi Police has been given five days to submit a detailed action taken report to the Commission.”

“First Sulli deals, then Bulli bai and now indecent sexual remarks against Muslim girls on the Clubhouse app! How long will this go on?,” she tweeted.

Maliwal further stated that she feels outraged over the fact that such incidents are increasing in the country.

“Strongest action needs to be taken against the culprits and that’s why I have issued a Notice to Delhi Police seeking immediate FIR and arrests in the matter,” the DCW chief added.

This comes a few days after the Mumbai police nabbed four accused following complaints made by women, targeted by the ‘Bulli Bai’ app. The app, uploaded images of several Muslim women, allowing users to participate in their ‘auction’.

Similarly in 2021, an app called ‘Sulli Deals‘, also hosted on Github, had listed hundreds of Muslim women for “auction” with their photographs doctored and sourced without their permission. The Delhi police arrested one man Aumkareshwar Thakur in connection with the case.

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