Updated: January 19, 2022 3:01:33 am
The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has sent a notice to the Delhi Police seeking an FIR against people who allegedly made derogatory remarks against Muslim women during a session on the Clubhouse app, where people interact in groups via audio.
This comes after several people recorded the discussion and shared it online, raising objections to comments allegedly made by the participants.
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KPS Malhotra, DCP (Cyber Cell), said an FIR has been registered 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 354 A (sexual harassment).
This comes less than a month after an app, hosted on software platform GitHub, used photos of Muslim women without their permission alongside derogatory comments meant to imply they were being “auctioned”. The Delhi Police has arrested two men, from Assam and Indore, in connection with the case. And six months ago, another GitHub app held a similar “auction”.
The DCW said they took suo motu cognizance of the latest matter as participants in the recording can be heard making “obscene, vulgar and derogatory” remarks targeting Muslim women and girls.
It sent a notice asking the Delhi Police to register a case against the persons allegedly involved, and take strict action. “This is a very serious matter and merits strict action. The Delhi Police has been given five days to submit a detailed action taken report to the Commission,” reads the notice.
DCW Chairperson, Swati Maliwal told The Indian Express, “Someone tagged me on Twitter (highlighting) the detailed audio conversation on the Clubhouse app, which targeted Muslim women and girls and made disgusting sexual comments against them. I feel outraged over the fact that such incidents are going on increasing in the country. Strongest action needs to be taken against the culprits and that’s why I have issued a notice to the Delhi Police seeking an immediate FIR and arrests in the matter.”
Senior Delhi Police officials confirmed that they had received the notice. “We saw the notice and the recordings posted online. A probe will be conducted,” said a senior police officer.
Officials at Clubhouse did not respond to messages and an email seeking a response on the DCW notice.
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