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Cops Arrest Students Linked to App ‘Selling’ Indian Muslim Women

  • App used photos of Muslim women vocal on social media
  • Case reflects anti-Muslim sentiment as key polls approach
Niraj Bishnoi, center, with Delhi Police Special Cell officers at Delhi airport on Jan. 6.
Niraj Bishnoi, center, with Delhi Police Special Cell officers at Delhi airport on Jan. 6. Photographer: Salman Ali/Hindustan Times/Getty Images

Indian cops have arrested four college students for their alleged role in an app that “auctioned” hundreds of Muslim women, including journalists, activists and those openly critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on social media.

Police arrested Niraj Bishnoi, a 20-year-old software engineering student who created the GitHub-based open source app as well as social media accounts to popularize the auction, said K.P.S. Malhotra, deputy commissioner with the New Delhi police.