Government steps up anti-women police social media posts

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Bengaluru: The government on Wednesday moved to order the blocking and removal of social media handles allegedly targeting ‘Hindu women’ amid the arrest and detention by Mumbai police of two people in connection with the Bulli Bai App case.

On Wednesday morning, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw responded to a post from Twitter user Anshul Saxena, saying a contentious Telegram channel had been blocked and that the government was working with state police authorities to ensure action is taken.

“Channel blocked. Government of India is coordinating with state law enforcement authorities to take action,” Vaishnaw tweeted.

Minister of State for IT and Electronics Rajeev Chandrasekhar also replied to another post from Saxena with four links to Facebook pages allegedly targeting Hindu women, saying that Facebook parent Meta would be invited. to delete the pages.

“I’ve asked the @GoI_MeitY team to notify @Meta and have it taken down,” Chandrasekhar tweeted in response to another Twitter user who tagged him on Saxena’s post.

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The government’s decision to eliminate social media and groups targeting women comes shortly after Mumbai police arrested a 21-year-old student from Bengaluru and an 18-year-old woman from Uttarakhand in connection with the Bulli Bai app.

Mumbai Police had filed a First Information Report (FIR) following complaints that morphed photos of hundreds of Muslim women had been uploaded for ‘auction’ on the GitHub-hosted app with the intention of degrade and harass them.

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