New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday condemned the controversial Bulli Bai row and claimed it as the result of repeated "dehumanisation" of minorities by the BJP.
"Strongly condemn this disgusting harassment of Muslim women. This is the result of repeated dehumanisation of minorities by the BJP leadership," Kharge said on Twitter.
"Why were previous instances of similar harassment ignored? I hope this time, the strongest action against the guilty will be taken," he added.
His remarks come after an 18-year-old girl who is allegedly the mastermind behind the notorious "Bulli Bai" app, was held by a Mumbai Police team from Uttarakhand on Wednesday.
He added that it is distressing to see 18-21 year olds committing crimes sparked by the radicalism of RSS and BJP's ideology.
Kharge said the youth are succumbing to hatred. "Instead of excelling in education & employment, they have become pawns in the hands of BJP-RSS. A generation of Indians are succumbing to hatred," he said.
The Mumbai police have arrested three persons in the case, two from Uttarakhand and one from Bengaluru, who are in their early twenties while the girl is a teenager.
The Bulli Bai controversy cropped up on January 1, when the photos of a number of women of a particular religion including of journalists, social workers, students and famous personalities were posted as "available for booking".
An official said that both the boys and the girl will be confronted with each other.
The latest controversy came six months after the "Sulli Deals" issue.
Both names are derogatory terms for women of the particular religion.
GitHub had provided space to Sulli Deals and this time too, the offending app was created on the platform. After the controversy, GitHub has removed the user from its hosting platform.
But by then, Bulli Bai had sparked a nationwide controversy.
The app was also being promoted by a Twitter handle with the name @bullibai, with the display picture was of a Khalistani supporter.
This twitter handle was endorsing the Bulli Bai app saying the women can be booked from the app. This handle was also promoting Khalistani content at the same time.