On Sunday, Aumkareshwar Thakur, the alleged mastermind who was behind the Indian Muslim women auction application, Sulli Deals has been arrested by the police from Indore city situated in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
He created this application in July 2021 to insult Muslim women and hosted it on the web platform GitHub. He put up more than 80 Muslim women “for sale” last year. However, it was removed by the repository hosting service after receiving backlash from social media.
“Sulli” is a derogatory term used to refer to Muslim women in India.
Recently, a similar application was created by the name, Bulli Bai where developers uploaded more than 100 photos of Muslim women for sale without their consent. The Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai was also included in the auction list.
In both applications, there was no actual sale but the sole purpose was to defame Muslim women.
The arrest of Thakur came into action when the four students were arrested including Niraj Bishnoi who was allegedly the main conspirator of the Bulli Bai application.
During the interrogation, Bishnoi revealed information about Thakur.
The creator of Sulli Deals was a member of the group “TradMahaSabha” since January 2020 where all radical Hindus trolled and defamed Muslim women.
The local police told the local media, “Bishnoi was a part of a group called ‘Trad Community Group’ and there was mention of the Sulli Deals app and its creator. This is how the two got to know each other, and during Bishnoi’s interrogation, he disclosed information about Thakur.”
Meanwhile, Thakur’s father said that his son was being trapped and arrested on the basis of claims by arrested people in the Bulli Bai case.
Recently, hate crimes are increasing in India with the support of the ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Several Indian celebrities raised their voices against the auction application and hate crimes against Muslims.