Bulli Bai app case: Women activists hold protest in Kozhikkode, demand action from Kerala govt

The protest gathering at Kozhikkode called for a similar model of anti-NRC/CAA protests will emerge against such Bulli Bai attacks.

The protesting women said that the Hindu right-wing force’s attacks to suppress Muslim women will be futile and will not prevent Muslim women from speaking out. 

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KOZHIKKODE, KERALA — During a protest held by Girls Islamic Organisation under ‘The Muslimah Resistance’ in Kozhikkode, Kerala, several women activists stated that the “Sangh Parivar’s attempts to silence Muslim women by fetishizing them through Sulli deals and Bulli Bai will only end in vain.”

The protest gathering at Kozhikkode called for a similar model of anti-NRC/CAA protests will emerge against such Bulli Bai attacks.

The protest was inaugurated by activist Khalida Parveen who criticised the Delhi Police for not taking timely action against the perpetrators of Sulli deals when it first came out in July last year. 

“Muslim women will fight against such cybercrimes if the law enforcing body continues to remain a mute spectator,” Parveen said.

On the occasion, Afreen Fathima, the National Secretary of Fraternity Movement said that “in present times in India, for a Muslim, there is one law and another law for the rest.” 

“The Muslim women of this country will not succumb to living here as secondary citizens. We will fight against this,” she said. 

Activist and anti-NRC protest-leader Aysha Renna was also part of the protest gathering. “We will neither be afraid nor will we come to any terms against such crimes against Muslim women,” she said. 

The women leaders criticized the Chief Minister of Kerala for not intervening in the matter and seeking no actions even after registering their complaints multiple times.

“After the Sulli Deals attacks, I registered a complaint in Kerala. But it was dismissed by the Kerala Police. Now there are Bulli Bai attacks, and a complaint has been registered with the Commissioner of Kozhikkode,” activist Ladeeda Farzana said. 

The speakers expressed concern that “if similar rejections will also occur this time.”

The women leaders questioned that how could the Government of Kerala be different if they also follow the same lines of the Police under the duress of right-wing forces.

The Jamaat-e-Islami Women’s Wing President, P. Ruksana said that “Oppressing Muslim women is the agenda of right-wing forces.” 

“Attacks like Bulli Bai can never shun the revolutionary strength and inspiration of Indian Muslim Women,” she said.

On the occasion, Girls Islamic organisation’s president, Adv. Thamanna Sulthana presided over the gathering, while Samar Ali delivered the welcome talk and Lulu Marjan gave the vote of thanks.