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Javed Akhtar asks compassion for the 18-year-old ‘Bulli Bai’ mastermind

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Javed Akhtar asks compassion for the 18-year-old ‘Bulli Bai’ mastermind

Mumbai: A day after the cyber cell of Mumbai Police arrested an 18-year-old girl in connection with the Bulli Bai app controversy, veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar expressed his views on the same, urging people to forgive the teeanger as she reportedly lost her parents to cancer and Covid-19 recently.

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Mr Akhtar, who has been actively sharing his opinions on the case, took to his Twitter handle on Wednesday to ask netizens to show compassion and forgive the young girl.

He tweeted, “If ” bully bai” was really masterminded by an 18 year old girl who has recently lost her parents to cancer n Corona I think the women or some of them meet her and like kind elders make her understand that why what ever she did was wrong . Show her compassion and forgive her.”

For the unversed, on Tuesday, Mr Akhtar had slammed a section of social media users who questioned the honour of his great-great-grandfather Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi after he questioned PM Modi and raised his voice against the ongoing ‘Bulli Bai’ controversy.

The controversy erupted when photos of hundreds of Muslim women were collected from their social media accounts and were uploaded on an app and it would then encourage people to participate in their auction.

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A First Information Report (FIR) was filed by the Mumbai Police against unidentified persons following complaints that doctored pictures of hundreds of women of a particular religion were posted on an app called ‘Bulli Bai’, hosted on the open-source platform GitHub. 

As there was no actual auction or sale, it seemed the main purpose of the app was to humiliate and intimidate the targeted women of a particular religion, many of whom were on social media. According to an official, the Mumbai cyber police arrested Shweta Singh in Uttarakhand. She had been operating multiple accounts on the app and is thought to be the mastermind behind the controversy, police said.

It is to be mentioned that Shweta is a Class 10 passout from Uttarakhand. In recent years, both her parents passed away. She lost her father to Covid-19, while her mother succumbed to cancer in 2011. She had plans to pursue engineering at the time. Her family earns approximately Rs 13,000 per month, and she has two sisters. As part of the Vatsalya Yojana, which is a scheme of the Uttarakhand government for Covid-19 orphans, they receive Rs 3,000. Her father worked with a manufacturing company that paid the family Rs 10,000 a month.

Meanwhile, apart from the 18-year-old woman, a 21-year-old engineering student was also held in Bengaluru in a raid by a Mumbai Police team in connection with the ‘Bulli Bai’ row.

Another person whose identity has not been disclosed yet was also arrested on Wednesday in the same case.

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