Delhi police have arrested a man from the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, in a case related to derogatory comments against Muslim women on the Clubhouse audio chat app, PTI reported on Saturday.
The accused, Rahul Kapoor (18), claimed he created the chat room in which the comments were made on the instructions of a person called ‘Sallos’, the Deputy Commissioner of Police said, of Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations, KPS Malhotra.
Kapoor told police he then gave the chat room moderator key to “Sallos,” Malhotra said.
The 18-year-old signed up on Clubhouse as “Bismillah,” Malhotra told ANI.
Clubhouse is a social audio app, where members can join and listen to chat sessions and discussions based on their topics of interest. Kapoor reportedly created the chat room where a conversation on the subject “Muslim girls are more beautiful than Hindu girls” took place.
On Thursday, Mumbai police arrested three people from Haryana for allegedly making derogatory comments about Muslim women on the app.
The defendants, Akash Suyal (19), Jaishnav Kakkar (21) and Yash Parashar (22), were charged under sections of the Indian Penal Code which provide penalties for encouraging enmity on religious grounds, acts intended to outrage religious feelings, sexual harassment and stalking, Mumbai police said.
This is the third instance in the past eight months where derogatory remarks have been reported online against Muslim women.
Previously, two apps were used to display photos of Muslim women for “online auctions”.
The “Sulli Deals” app appeared in July, and “Bulli Bai” on January 1. The applications have been removed from the GitHub hosting platform following outrage on social media. Bulli and Sulli are pejorative terms used to refer to Muslim women.