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Minorities panel asks for action-taken report on ‘Sulli deals’ case from Delhi, Ghaziabad cops

In a letter, National Commission for Minorities has sought a detailed action-taken report, reminding both forces that a Parliament question has been raised in the matter. 

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New Delhi: The National Commission for Minorities Tuesday sought a detailed action-taken report from the Delhi Police commissioner and a superintendent of police, Ghaziabad, in the ‘Sulli deals’ case. 

In a letter, the NCM has asked both police forces to provide the action-taken report within seven days, reminding them that a Parliament question has been raised in the matter. 

The letter has sought the number of those associated with the case arrested so far; charges against them; action against the makers of the Sulli deal app, the number of such cases reported so far and arrests made, and whether the offensive content has been removed from social media platforms. 

The letter comes almost a month after about 90 Muslim women, including journalists such as ThePrint’s Fatima Khan, and activists were put up for an online auction. ‘Sulli’ is derogatory slang for Muslim women. 

The Delhi Police’s cyber cell had registered an FIR on 8 July under section 354 A (punishment for sexual assault) and sent a notice to Github, the software development platform on which the website was registered. 

What action has been taken against Kunal Sharma, Shringi Yadav

The NCM letter also sought information on what action has been taken against Kunal Sharma and Shringi Yadav, who it claims are the perpetrators of the online attacks. 

Sharma and Yadav have been facing flak on social media for allegedly putting up derogatory posts against Muslim women. 

Yadav was earlier arrested (in March) for assaulting a 14-year-old Muslim boy who was drinking water at the Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad. He is currently on bail. 

Yadav is allegedly a disciple of Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, the main priest of the Dasna temple who is known for making inflammatory remarks against Muslims.  

Meanwhile, Sharma allegedly put up Instagram posts, asking others to “marry Muslim women, and use them as government property”, while calling it “sabka saath sabka vikas”. 

He allegedly also put up a list of Muslim women under the title ‘Muslim Ladki Patao Campaign’. 

On Monday the Delhi Commission for Women had issued a notice to the Delhi Police seeking action against Yadav, Sharma, and three others — Sukhdev Sahdev, Rambhakt Gopal, and Vikas Sherawat — on the matter. 


Also read: ‘We step in when our women step out with Muslim men’ — how UP law empowers Hindu bully groups


 

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