‘Sulli Deals’ Exposed the Common Roots of Misogyny and Islamophobia – By Nabiya Khan
…. I woke up one day to realize my pictures were among hundreds of other pictures of Muslim women being auctioned away on the Internet…. Some men from the Hindu right-wing ecosystem had created an “open-source community-driven project” on GitHub, an app called “Sulli Deals,” where anyone could get their “Sulli Deal of the day”….
All of this is misogyny – but not misogyny alone. It is Islamophobia coupled with the misogyny of the highest order…. It was a concerted attempt to humiliate and harass Muslim women. It was an attempt to provide a direct channel for Hindu men to communicate their hatred of Muslim women.
All this is a part of the systematic project of Muslim dehumanization…. The idea stems from the same sentiment that promotes lynching and hate crimes…. This normalization and perpetuation of hate derive power from state authorities that validate them….