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After ‘Bulli Bai’, IT ministry blocks Telegram channel allegedly targeting Hindu women

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Amid the ongoing ‘Bulli Bai’ controversy, a similarly derogatory channel came to light yesterday that allegedly targeted Hindu women. The channel was created on the cross-platform Telegram in which photos of Hindu women were allegedly shared. IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Wednesday assured action against them and said that the channel has been taken down.

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In reply to a complaint on Twitter regarding the Telegram Channel, Mr Vaishnaw said, “Channel blocked. Government of India coordinating with police authorities of states for action.”

Several abusive pages and groups on Facebook have also surfaced, complaints against whom had been tweeted by a Twitter user, to which Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that had he has directed the concerned authorities to inform Meta and to get them taken down.

“Have directed Government of India MeitY team to inform Meta and have it taken down,” Mr Chandrasekhar said in a tweet.

The IT Ministers were replying to complaints of a YouTuber by the name of Anshul Saxena, who alleged that the Telegram channel, groups and pages on Facebook were targeting Hindu women, sharing their photos and abusing them.

According to Mr Saxena, the Telegram Channel was created in June 2021.

Earlier, based on the complaint of a woman journalist at the Delhi Cyber police station in which she alleged that her photos were uploaded on the website ‘Bulli Bai’ to target her, and harass and insult Muslim women on social media and the internet, cases were registered with both Delhi and Mumbai Police.

Previously, Delhi Police Special Cell had in July 2021 registered an FIR against the creators of a mobile application ‘SULLI DEAL’ for allegedly uploading photos of Muslim women without their consent, using inappropriate remarks against them. The app allegedly uploads photos of women without their consent and uses the hosting platform ‘GITHUB’ to auction the stolen photos.

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