Delhi police register suo motu FIR against derogatory Clubhouse cat | Latest Delhi News

Delhi Police on Tuesday recorded an FIR (first information report) against unidentified individuals over an offensive conversation on Clubhouse, a social audio network, in which participants could be heard making derogatory comments about Muslim women.

Snippets of the recorded audio conversation have since been widely shared on social media platforms and although HT could not independently verify the authenticity of a leaked 2.20 minute audio snippet in its possession , the screen showed that there were at least 70-80 participants. in the particular Clubhouse discussion.

This is the third such case in the past eight months in which offensive photographs or messages have been posted online targeting Muslim women. The first was the “Sulli Deals” app on GitHub in July and the second was the “Bulli Deals” app, which was reported earlier this month. Both apps featured doctored photographs of prominent Muslim women along with offensive and derogatory comments about them. They were taken down after widespread outrage and police filed charges against five men for creating the two apps. Police have argued that the two alleged app developers – Neeraj Bishnoi, a BTech student, and Aumkareshwar Thakur, a freelance web developer – have self-radicalised.

In the Clubhouse case, audio clips revealed attendees allegedly made offensive comments about Muslim women during a Monday afternoon chat session. The clip has since been widely shared on other platforms, causing public outcry.

On Tuesday, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) issued a notice to the Delhi Police’s cybercrime unit, the Intelligence Fusion Strategic Operations (IFSO), asking for details of the action taken. DCW has also sought to find out from the police why no one has been arrested in this case so far.

KPS Malhotra, head of IFSO, said: “We filed a suo motu complaint against unidentified people. The case was filed under Indian Penal Code sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on religious grounds), 295A (deliberate and malicious act, intended to outrage religious feelings) and 354A (sexual harassment). We launched the probe.

Clubhouse is a social audio app, where members can join and listen to chat sessions and discussions based on their topics of interest. The app has in the past been banned by a few countries after participants took part in similar offensive chats.

In response to HT’s email seeking comment on the matter, a Clubhouse spokesperson said, “The Clubhouse is a place where people around the world can hang out with friends, meet other people, engage in discuss and learn. There is absolutely no room for hate or abuse on the platform. We invest heavily in keeping our community safe and take prompt action if our policies are violated. In this case, the room was reported and those involved in the organization were quickly put to the test. »

The spokesperson added that community health is a top priority for the platform and that Clubhouse has created features such as room title report, blocking, shared blocklists, deletion replays and NSFW filters, and improved policies to control real-time voice chats. and group discussions.

The investigation into the two offending apps initially hit a snag, after GitHub – the platform the apps were hosted on – refused to share details of its users – the people who created the app.

Delhi police were able to track down the suspected culprits and make arrests after one of them, Neeraj Bishnoi, concealed his identity on Twitter and claimed responsibility for the app. Bishnoi was arrested at his home in Jorhat, Assam. It was on his “confession statement” that police arrested Thakur from Indore, Bhopal. Thakur, police said, is the creator of the second GitHub app. Police said the pair knew each other on social media platforms and were part of the same groups where the idea of ​​offering such apps was first discussed.

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