UN official says app concentrating on Muslim girls type of hate speech, have to be condemned

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Dr Fernand de Varennes, Wednesday condemned the surfacing of a hate app on which doctored images of a whole lot of Muslim girls have been uploaded for “auction” and mentioned such incidents should be prosecuted as quickly as they happen.

In a tweet Tuesday night, Varennes mentioned, “Minority Muslim women in India are harassed and ‘sold’ in social media apps, #SulliDeals, a form of hate speech, must be condemned and prosecuted as soon as they occur. All Human Rights of minorities need to be fully and equally protected.”

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This comes after final week the Delhi Police arrested 26-year-old Aumkareshwar Thakur from Indore in Madhya Pradesh. Thakur is believed to be the creator of the hate app which surfaced in July final 12 months by which a whole lot of Muslim girls, together with journalists and activists, have been put up for “auction”. This was the primary arrest made within the case.

Thakur’s arrest got here quickly after the arrest of 21-year-old second 12 months engineering scholar Neeraj Bishnoi from Jorhat in Assam. Bishnoi is the creator of an identical app which surfaced on January 1 on GitHub, the identical on-line platform used to make the earlier app, and like the previous, was used for “auctioning” Muslim girls with doctored images.

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The National Commission for Women had taken cognizance of the hate app on January 1 after being tagged on Twitter by a sufferer. NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma had earlier advised The Indian Express that she had additionally been in steady contact with the Delhi Police Cyber Cell, monitoring the progress of the investigations into each these apps.

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“These incidents are very unfortunate. It is not a matter of Hindu or Muslim women. Communities of both religions need to come together and protect their women. These apps are not about hurting each other’s communities but hurting women. The police should also not drag its feet in such cases,” Sharma had mentioned.

Sharma additional mentioned that the fee has been collaborating with social media platforms – it has held a number of conferences with Twitter, Facebook and Google – to deal with the difficulty of such apps.

Meanwhile, on being requested about these apps at The Indian Express e-Adda programme held Monday night, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani mentioned she had been in contact with the IT and Telecom departments on the difficulty of safety of ladies on the web.

“Women, irrespective of their religion, have been denied their dignity on social media platforms. I am grateful that the police are investigating this issue. I am absolutely confident that those who are guilty will be punished. My desire is also this…I had the privilege of engaging with the Supreme Court Justices…to ensure that we expedite cases. The law provides for an expeditious pronouncement. But there has been laxity given the burden on the courts of our country,” she mentioned.

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Irani added, “But I am hopeful that between the police system and the judiciary, more and more cases where women receive justice are brought to light. I want to use this platform to say that this is an issue on which, irrespective of our politics, we need to come together.”

In the wake of the 2012 Delhi gang rape and homicide incident, there had been conversations, she mentioned, across the impression of pornography on the minds of the youth. “It’s time to revisit that conversation,” Irani mentioned.

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