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Two more FIRs lodged against creators of Bulli Bai app as Mumbai police makes arrests

Victims of the app that targetted Muslim women refuse to let the issue wind down while police say more arrests are expected.

Two new FIRs have been filed by the Hyderabad and Cyberabad police based on victims' complaints on January 3 and 4, respectively, against creators of the Bulli Bai app which listed over 100 Muslim women for an online auction. This is in addition to two FIRs that have already been registered against the app's creators in Mumbai and Delhi. Three people have reportedly been arrested by the Mumbai police on January 5 in connection to the incident, according to news reports. The accused are two 21-year old men, one from Uttarakhand and the other from Bengaluru, and an 18-year-old woman from Uttarakhand. "I am not ashamed, I am not afraid, I am not going to sit quietly because I am not doing anything illegal, anything immoral so I will do what I want to do, what I am doing. I am telling to our ladies - Muslim women now - do whatever you are doing, don't step back, be strong," one of the victims who lodged an FIR told MediaNama. The Bulli Bai app incident is not the first time that Muslim women were auctioned online. Another app called ‘Sulli Deals’ had similarly listed Muslim women for auction back in July; however, the culprits haven’t been caught despite multiple police complaints and an Indian lawmaker writing to the IT Minister. What actions are victims taking against the app? "I decided that it should be ended this time, I will take the lead and I will pursue legal options - file an FIR,…

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