A Lucknow resident has been arrested for making obscene comments against Muslim women. Delhi police arrested a 18-year-old man from Lucknow for making obscene sexual comments against Muslim women on a popular audio chat platform called ‘Clubhouse’. The culprit has been identified as Rahul Kapoor who created the user ID ‘Bismillah’ to participate in the discussion.

Earlier this week, the distasteful chat room on the clubhouse app was brought to the attention of Delhi Women’s Commission by a Twitter user. Since then, DWC has asked the City Police to take rapid action against the perpetrators. This is the fourth arrest in this case.

Report by Delhi Police

This is the fourth arrest in this case as the first three culprits were arrested by Mumbai Police team in Haryana. According to reports, Delhi Police sent a team to Lucknow to hunt down the man behind the user ID ‘Bismillah’.

“Rahul Kapoor claims that he created an audio chat room on Clubhouse on the instructions of a person he identified as ‘Sallos’,” Deputy Commissioner of Police KPS Malhotra said.

Kapoor also confirmed that he handed over the chat room’s moderator key to ‘Sallos’.

The device used by the 18-year-old has been seized and he will be joining the investigation in Delhi.

Mumbai Police’s Cyber Security Branch arrested three men involved in this offence in Haryana on Thursday night. They have been produced in front of the local court for trial the next day. The arrested are said to be aged 19, 21 and 22 years.


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What Happened in Clubhouse Room?

On January 17th, a video of a Clubhouse conversation on the topic ‘Muslim gals are more beautiful than hindu gals’ went viral on social media. In the audio chat room, the participants were allegedly heard making obscene, vulgar and derogatory remarks targeting Muslim women and girls.

Next day, on 18th January this issue was brought to the attention of the Delhi Women’s Commission. A demand of FIR and a punitive action against the alleged persons, were made to the Delhi police by the DWC.

An FIR was then registered under sections 153A, 295A and 354A of the Indian Penal Code at the Special Cell police station for spreading enmity and fueling violence based on gender and religion.

On Wednesday, the Delhi police had written to Clubhouse as well as Google, seeking details about the organiser of the alleged audio group chat in which “obscene comments were made against Muslim women”.


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Violence Based on Religion and Gender

In the chatroom, there showed up around 18-20 participants discussing “pink private parts of Muslim women”, “Babri Masjid”, “ghar wapsi” and “Oedipus complex”, Islamophobic and sexist remarks.

An FIR was registered late Wednesday by a 33-year-old Hindu woman, in which she mentioned, these two Clubhouse rooms ‘auctioned’ her and other women. Moreover, two more similar Clubhouse rooms were created last year, where she and four other women were ‘auctioned’ by a group of men, her complaint said.

 

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