Mumbai court grants bail to creator of anti-Muslim Clubhouse chat room

Mumbai, April 01 (KMS): A court in Mumbai, the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra, granted bail to 18-year-old Akash Suyal, creator of the chat room on Clubhouse which hosted Islamophobic and anti-Muslim discussions. The court directed the accused to undergo counselling.

Akash was arrested in January by the Mumbai Police from Haryana along with two other persons after the cyber cell of the Mumbai crime branch registered a case against them based on a complaint by a Muslim woman stating that they made derogatory comments against Muslim women on the Clubhouse app.

Clubhouse started as an app for social interaction through live audio, but it has become a breeding ground for communal hatred and Islamophobia in India.

The Clubhouse app gives Hindutva factions an open platform to spread hatred against the minorities, particularly Muslims.

Popular Clubhouse groups such as “Hind Hindu Hindutva”, “Akhand Bharat ka Sapna” and “Hindu ecosystem” include people who openly call for a “Muslim genocide” and the establishment of India as a “Hindu Rashtra”.