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IT Minister’s words and actions don’t match: MP Priyanka Chaturvedi on Sulli Deals app

Depicting the government’s lukewarm response to apps that harassed Muslim women, the Rajya Sabha MP talks future steps.

Source: Rajya Sabha TV

"He did commit to wanting to work on it, but unfortunately his words and actions did not match," Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi told MediaNama while talking about her interaction with IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw regarding the Sulli Deals app and Bulli Bai app cases. She revealed that she had met the IT Minister in August last year and had urged him to take action against the creators of Sulli Deals - the controversial app that listed Muslim women in an online fake auction. On the emergence of a similar app called Bulli Bai which has led to five arrests so far, Chaturvedi said that the arrests are late and the delay is what emboldened the perpetrators. Chaturvedi is one of the most vocal politicians demanding action on the Sulli Deals and Bulli Bai apps. In an exclusive interview with MediaNama, she talks about what she found in a report she drafted for the IT Minister on laws tackling online sexual harassment worldwide, the government's response to her call for action against the app, and more. The following excerpts from our conversation have been lightly edited for clarity.  Ashwini Vaishnaw said IT Act doesn't have enough sections to address women's issues MediaNama: How would you suggest we tackle problems like these differently in the future? Priyanka Chaturvedi: "What we're doing right now by staying silent, is compromising our institutions and their capabilities to ensure there is a delivery mechanism for justice. So in the future, I would hope that people beyond…

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