On July 4th, the Sulli Deals app invited users to find their deal of the day, a Muslim woman they could claim to own. The app included the Twitter image and handle of the woman, which could then be tweeted by the user as their very own Sulli Deal. It was gone by the next day after an uproar online. However, one month and two FIRs later, we still do not know who the offenders are.
This is not the first time that Muslim women have been “auctioned” online. Earlier in May, the youtube channel Liberal Doge live-streamed photos of Muslim women from social media, and asked viewers to bid on them. Even earlier, as article 370 was abrogated, Hindu men were celebrating online that they could now have Kashmiri brides, with pictures of light-skinned women in hijab.
In this episode of The Suno India Show, our reporter Suryatapa Mukherjee speaks to pilot Hana Mohsin Khan, student and political activist Afreen Fatima, and student and poet Nabiya Khan. Targeted by the Sulli Deals app, they speak about the cost of being a visible and vocal Muslim woman in India today.