New Delhi: A chatroom on social media platform Clubhouse Monday afternoon discussed how and why “Muslim gals are more beautiful than Hindu gals” and how sexual relationships with them would increase the “virtue” and “good deeds” of those practising “Sanatana Dharma”.
A video recording of the chatroom, posted on Twitter, showed around 18-20 participants discussing “pink private parts of Muslim women”, “Babri Masjid”, “ghar wapsi (conversion to Hinduism)” and “Oedipus complex” among other lewd, Islamophobic and sexist remarks.
The Delhi Police Tuesday registered an FIR in the case under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on the ground of religion), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion) and 354A (sexual harassment).
The Delhi Commission for Women had written to the Delhi Police seeking action earlier Tuesday.
Clubhouse’s community guidelines assert, “You may not discriminate against, engage in hateful conduct directed at, or threaten violence or harm against any person or groups of people.”
ThePrint reached Clubhouse by email, but had not yet received a response when this report was published.
The Clubhouse chat comes close on the heels of the controversy over the ‘Sulli Deals’ and ‘Bulli Bai’ website/ app created on GitHub, which uploaded photos of Muslim women without their consent and put them up for “auction”. The Delhi Police have arrested the alleged masterminds behind the two portals, while three others suspected to be involved with ‘Bulli Bai’ were arrested by the Mumbai Police.
Oedipus complex, Babri demolition
According to the video recording, the discussions centred around how Muslim women were allegedly not Muslims at all, with one user, ‘Harsh’, saying that the topic itself was wrong as “all Muslim girls are actually Hindus”.
“See, when people like me, RSS bhakts marry Mullis (a derogatory term for Muslim women), then they will ultimately be Hindus,” the user is heard saying, as others applaud and chant “Jai Shri Ram”.
One female user, ‘Roma’, says, “70 per cent of Muslims are converts.” She is then interrupted by a male user, who says, “If Hindu men establish a sexual relationship with a Muslim woman (lewdly referring to female private parts), our bad deeds are washed away. Have you guys heard this before?”
Another user refers to an earlier discussion in which a female participant said that having a sexual relationship with a Muslim woman (abusive language used) was equivalent, in terms of good deeds, to “building seven mandirs”. The user goes on to ask if there are any Muslim women present in the chatroom.
Another participant then “corrects” him — “Not seven mandirs, but as much as earned by demolishing Babri Masjid”. Other users applaud the remarks.
The content on the Clubhouse chatroom also includes sexist remarks about Hindu women, with men commenting on the colour of their private parts, the video suggests.
A user, who identified himself as a ‘Hindu Brahmin’, describes his “Oedipal feelings” towards his Muslim mother and asks other participants how he can win her over.
Among others, ‘Bismillah’, ‘Kira XD’ and another participant called ‘Sallos’ have now deactivated their IDs on the audio chat platform.
This is not the first time that chatrooms on Clubhouse have emerged as a forum for hate, and sexist and lewd remarks.
(Edited by Rohan Manoj)
This report has been updated to reflect that an internet glitch had initially caused one of the Clubhouse users to be misidentified, as the police later clarified.