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‘Happening all over again… unknown men discussing, auctioning us’

From journalists to a pilot to a Congress chief to the mom of a lacking JNU pupil — these are among the many 100-plus Muslim ladies who’ve discovered their names on an internet site that used their photographs with out consent, alongside degrading textual content meant to indicate they had been being auctioned.

This comes barely six months after one other such web site was created, additionally utilizing GitHub, a supplier of Web internet hosting for software program improvement. No arrest has been made to date in that case by police in Delhi, Noida or Gurgaon.

A few of the focused ladies expressed frustration with not sufficient being performed the final time, permitting the culprits to proceed working with impunity.

A journalist, on the premise of whose criticism an FIR has been registered by Delhi Police, stated: “It was January 1. I opened a message on WhatsApp from certainly one of my buddies and clicked ‘obtain’ on a picture that had been despatched, assuming that it was a ‘Comfortable New 12 months’ message. As a substitute, I noticed a screenshot of my photograph with the textual content that I’m the ‘Bulli Bai of the Day’. I jumped away from bed in shock. It was not shocking as a result of this isn’t the primary time it has occurred. However we’ve got all been by a lot within the final yr, we’re barely recovering from the trauma of the second wave. I actually needed to start the yr on a hopeful word and it was stunning to suppose that somebody was sitting on the final day of the yr and doing this to degrade us.”

She stated she couldn’t ignore it and felt compelled to take motion, particularly as a result of it is a repeat offence: “Essentially the most worrying factor is that there have been a number of FIRs filed the final time, it was spoken about in Parliament, the ladies’s fee took cognizance of it, however there was no constructive conclusion.”

The mom of a JNU pupil who has been lacking for over 5 years obtained calls, telling her that she too was listed on the web site. She stated she is ignoring it. “It makes no distinction to me. Yeh log ghatiya aur neech harkat karke common banna chahte hai. I’m only a mom making an attempt to get justice for my little one. Individuals who respect their moms can by no means do such a factor,” she stated.

Girls who had been listed within the earlier case and had approached the police have additionally discovered themselves listed within the new web site. One among them, a Congress chief, stated: “I used to be shocked… it was occurring another time. These unknown males talk about our charges, public sale us and use vulgar language… I had lodged a criticism even in Could when a bunch of males had been posting our photographs on YouTube and asking for cash from different males to proceed the ‘leisure’. I used to be in trauma. After which I filed an FIR for (the sooner GitHub case); I supplied Delhi Police all of the proof, however they by no means helped me.”

One other journalist, barely a yr into the occupation, additionally discovered that she was focused. She is engaged on submitting a criticism. “The one issues unifying all the ladies within the checklist is that they’re all Muslim and so they have all been vocal. Most are journalists simply doing their jobs, some are activists, and a few are even minors simply voicing themselves on social media. The message right here is, ‘We’re brazen sufficient to do that to you and we are able to do it once more’,” she stated.

She stated she was conflicted about how you can share this expertise along with her household and whether or not she ought to go public about it.

“My household is grieving the latest passing of my grandmother. Although I discovered on December 31 that I used to be focused, I solely simply informed my mother and father about it and requested them what I ought to do. They dealt with it significantly better than I anticipated and informed me that they may assist me in going ahead with a criticism. To be trustworthy, they didn’t appear stunned, we’ve got seen the harassment that Muslim ladies journalists are subjected to,” she stated.

A pilot, who had filed an FIR with Uttar Pradesh Police throughout the earlier case, stated: “I used to be hopeful and thought I might get justice however the UP Police by no means even referred to as me for questioning. I referred to as the investigating officer a number of occasions however it was all in useless. The boys have now created one other web page. Once I noticed the screenshots, I used to be shocked and virtually moved to tears… They may hold doing this as a result of they need to silence our voices and the federal government isn’t doing something. Perhaps it’s working… I do really feel weak now. I don’t want to go to work and I’m not capable of sleep. I hold questioning why they used my photograph. I by no means get political or get into any debates or fights.”

One other journalist stated a pal whose photograph was additionally misused filed an FIR with the Delhi Police and one other filed a criticism with the Gurgaon Police final time. “None of us had been referred to as for questioning or any replace. The Gurgaon Police by no means contacted her… It’s too demanding and I’m scared. The boys will do that once more if they don’t seem to be stopped now,” she stated.

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