A metropolitan court on Tuesday remanded a 21-year-old student in the Mumbai police custody till January 10 in the Bullibai app case, while a woman from Uttarakhand has been arrested in the same case.
The cyber crime branch of the police detained Vishal Kumar from Bengaluru on Monday evening and arrested him on Tuesday after hours of questioning.
As per the Mumbai police. he is one of the four followers of the Bullibai app and the woman is one of the main accused.
The police sought Mr. Kumar’s custody citing instances of him using social media to put out derogatory posts about Muslim women.
They are both charged with sections 153 (wantonly provoking with intent to cause riot), 509 (insulting modesty of a woman), 354 (assault or use of criminal force to any woman with intention to outrage modesty) of the Indian Penal Code along with relevant sections of the Information Technology Act.
On January 1, 2022, the cyber police station of the West Region had registered a FIR against relevant Twitter handles and the developer of ‘Bulli Bai’ for offences under the same charges.
An FIR was registered after several women complained that their photographs have been uploaded by unidentified group to auction them.
The court proceedings were held in camera.
Minister of State for Home (Urban) and Information Technology Satej D. Patil tweeted, “There seems to be a much bigger network behind such coordinated crimes.”