“They auctioned us,” Muslim women react as all accused in Bulli Bai case out on bail

The city civil and sessions court on Tuesday granted bail to three accused Hindu youth in the Bulli Bai App case, which was curated to auction Muslim women by doctoring their photographs.

Neeraj Singh, 28, an MBA graduate who was arrested from Odisha by the Mumbai Police cyber cell on January 20, 2022, Neeraj Bishnoi, alleged to be the main conspirator in the case who was arrested by the Delhi police from Assam and was brought to Mumbai, and Aumkareshwar Thakur who was arrested by Delhi Police and is alleged to be an accused in the Sulli Deals case also, a similar app that posted pictures of Muslim women, were granted bail Tuesday.

With today’s order by the Sessions Court, all the six accused in the case have managed to secure bail. Earlier Vishal Kumar Jha, Shweta Singh, and Mayank Agarwal, the students included in the Bulli Bai app case, were granted bail by the court, considering them as “ immature age and understanding” compared to Bishnoi, Thakur, and Neeraj Singh.

Award-winning journalist Rana Ayyub shared Bar and Bench’s news on the bail and tweeted: “They auctioned us”.

Here are the some responses from Muslim women:

Nearly six months after the ‘Sulli Deals‘ where photographs of more than 80 Muslim women put up for sale by right-wing Hindus, asserting anti-Muslim hatred and selective sexism, photos of hundreds of Muslim women were uploaded by an unidentified group on an App using GitHub – by the name of ‘Bulli Bai’ – on 1 January 2022. “Bulli” and “Sulli” are abusive and derogatory ways of referring to Muslim women.