India was rocked this week by an Islamophobic campaign on the Internet. People created an application where they posted pictures of famous Muslim women to, they said, auction them off. Police arrested the first suspects, but this was not a first and reveals the growth of Islamophobia in the country.
The application Bulli Bai presented photos, sometimes retouched and degrading, of a hundred Muslim women. And proposed to sell them by auction. No transaction took place before it was removed from the Internet, the objective being mainly to humiliate these known Muslim women.
The profiles included activists, lawyers, an airline pilot, as well as many journalists.
According to Rfi, radio journalist Sayema Rahman was one of the targeted journalists. We were targeted because we are women, we are Muslims, we have a free and independent spirit, and we are successful in life, » she said. We speak for the oppressed; let’s try to fight against injustice.
While waiting for the trial, the attacked women and their entourage try to keep their heads high. This is what Sayema Rahman confides.
« The families and relatives should not tell these women to keep quiet, to avoid being targeted. Their freedom should not be restricted, she insists. On the contrary, they are targeted because they have an impact on society. So, we must support them », adds the journalist.