Showing posts with label Attacking Gays. Show all posts
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July 17, 2017

Prominent Honduran LGBTQ Rights Advocate Brutally Attacked Inside His Home




David Valle is a prominent Honduran LGBT rights advocate who was attacked in his home in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on July 10, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Alex Sorto/Somos CDC)



 

A prominent Honduran LGBTI rights advocate was brutally attacked inside his home on Monday
Criterio, a Honduran newspaper, reported a man rang the doorbell of David Valle’s home in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa at around 10 p.m. local time.
Valle, who is with the Center for LGBTI Development and Cooperation, an advocacy group known by the acronym SOMOS-CDC, opened the door and the man immediately smashed his head against a wall.

Criterio reported Valle tried to use his feet to shut the door.
The man who attacked Valle chased him through his home with a “knife-like weapon.” Criterio reported the man beat Valle for more than 10 minutes before he left with his cell phone and the keys to his home and car.

Valle’s roommate found him roughly three hours later when he arrived home.
Personnel at the Honduran Institute of Social Security — a government agency that provides health care — treated Valle before his transfer to a private hospital on Tuesday.

Honduran advocates with whom the Los Angeles Blade spoke this week said Valle suffered serious injuries to his head and other parts of his body and required dozens of stitches. They said he was brought to a safe house after the hospital discharged him.

“He fought for his life,” SOMOS-CDC Executive Director Alex Sorto told the Blade on Thursday during a WhatsApp interview from Tegucigalpa.
Valle was expected to attend a meeting of Honduran LGBTI advocacy groups in the city of San Pedro Sula on Monday that the U.S. Agency for International Development has organized.

Valle, who ran for office in 2011, has participated in Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute-sponsored meetings and conferences in Honduras, the U.S. and the Dominican Republic. SOMOS-CDC has also received funding from a European Union program that seeks to bolster Honduras’ judicial system and improve access to it.
The Blade has reached out to U.S. officials for comment on the attack against Valle.

Honduran LGBTI, human rights advocates frequently targeted
Violence against LGBTI and human rights advocates remains commonplace in Honduras, which has one of the world’s highest per capita murder rates.

René Martínez, a prominent activist from San Pedro Sula who was a member of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández’s ruling National Party, was strangled to death in June 2016.

The body of Sherlyn Montoya, a volunteer for Grupo de Mujeres Transexuales (Muñecas Arcoíris), a transgender advocacy group, was found in an alley in a Tegucigalpa neighborhood on April 4.
Paola Barraza, Erick Martínez Ávila and Walter Tróchez are among the other LGBT and intersex rights advocates who have been killed since the 2009 coup that toppled then-President Manuel Zelaya. The 2016 murder of Berta Cácares, a prominent environmental and indigenous rights advocate, sparked outrage across Honduras and around the world. 

The motive behind the attack against Valle remains unclear, but he and Sorto on April 27 petitioned Honduran authorities to provide them with protection because their advocacy efforts had prompted threats. Sorto told the Blade on Thursday that he and Valle only received “some response” in order to “keep our mouths shut or to satisfy us.”

The Honduran National Police has yet to respond to the Blade’s request for comment.
“Honduran human rights advocates are on the frontlines risking their lives to fight for equality and better the lives of fellow citizens,” Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute Director of International Programs Luis Abolafia Anguita told the Blade on Friday in a statement. “Honduras has already lost too many to violence — including Berta Cáceres in her fight for the environment and indigenous rights, and Rene Martínez in his fight for LGBTQ equality.”

“This vicious attack on David is a reminder of the courage of these activists, and it is essential the government step-up its efforts to protect human rights activists exercising their democratic rights,” he added. “We will continue working with our partners on-the-ground to increase LGBTQ political participation, so that our community has a voice at the table and can work to end the intolerance and violence LGBTQ Hondurans regularly face.”

(Honduras, gay news, Washington Blade) 


June 6, 2017

HumanRightsWatch Reports Chechen Officials Humiliated Gay Detainees








High-level officials in Russia's Chechnya humiliated inmates during visits to detention facilities where gay people were allegedly held and tortured, Human Rights Watch said in a new report Friday.  
In April, the newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that gay men in Chechnya had been tortured and killed by police. The Associated Press last month spoke to two victims of the crackdown who supported the claims. Although Chechen officials have denied the reports, federal investigators have been dispatched to conduct an investigation.
Human Rights Watch said it had spoken to six former detainees who said Chechen officials, including two high-level ones, visited the unofficial prisons and humiliated the inmates. The rights group said no new detentions have been reported in recent weeks but several men appeared to remain in detention.
LGBT activists have helped about 40 gay men who fled Chechnya to other Russian regions. Many seek asylum abroad. Lithuania's foreign minister last week said the Baltic nation had given refuge to two gay men from Chechnya.
The Chechen men "remain at great risk of being hounded by Chechen authorities or their own relatives as long as they remain in Russia," Human Rights Watch said.
President Vladimir Putin earlier this month assured the country's human rights ombudswoman that he would speak with law enforcement officials about the reported torture of gay men.
Novaya Gazeta wrote earlier this week that federal investigators dispatched to Chechnya have faced sabotage by local law enforcement officials allegedly involved in the anti-gay purge. In a sign that the government might be taking the reports seriously, Igor Sobol, the federal investigator dispatched to Chechnya, has been promoted to a top position permanently based there.
"Russia's federal investigation into the abductions, torture, and humiliation of people presumed to be gay in Chechnya should be thorough and investigators should bring perpetrators to account," said the Russia program director at Human Rights Watch, Tanya Lokshina.
Associated Press

May 17, 2017

Lying Putin, Investigated Gay Kidnappings in Chechnya and Denies it "Again "



When Putin agreed  last month to investigate the persecution of gay men in Chechnya I and most people I communicate with just rolled our eyes but one has to try through the powers in place to help and since the Chechen even deny having gays there the next person with power to stop the Chechen is Putin. But Putin already denied once looking at the same evidence. So it was no surprise that lying Putin would deny it again. He agreed to it because of the German Chancellor. In the US we have a President who promised to protect the LGBT community and is the best of friends with Putin, even gives him classified information that is denied to our allies, you figure he would make this gay ...persecution to stop. The problem is the reason these two like each other is because "birds of a feather tend to stick together." I should not say Putin likes Trump. Putin is the boyfriend that invites you out to dinner and leaves when the check arrives, then waits outside saying he needed fresh air. These two are liars, one is an opportunist with grandiose dreams and the other is working on his grandiose assertions. Say no more! What to do now? Keep asking Israel why the silence on these particular gay camps. Still work with Germany, Britain and others to show Russia they can't hide these killings.
    
A Russian embassy claims that an investigation into anti-gay persecution in Chechnya has not found evidence to support allegations that gay men are being kidnapped, detained at secret facilities, or tortured.
Additionally, the Russian Embassy to Israel has dismissed such reports as part of a worldwide “propaganda campaign” aimed at discrediting Russia in the eyes of the world.
Dmitry Alushkin, press attaché for the Russian Embassy, declared the findings in a letter responding to an April 5 story in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper that included details of Chechen secret detention facilities where gay and bisexual men have claimed they were detained and tortured. According to human rights advocates, at least one man died in custody and two others were murdered in “honor killings” by family members following their release.
“Authorized official government bodies of the Russian Federation, in cooperation with the government of the Chechen Republic, investigated the claims made by journalist Elena Milashina in her articles published in the Novaya Gazeta newspaper and in other Russian media outlets, which served as the excuse for the beginning of a propaganda campaign against Russia around the world, including in Israel,” writes Alushkin.
“The results of the investigation show that these reports were published after local governments in a few North Caucasus regions of Russia, in March 2017, rejected requests from representatives of the LGBT community to hold rallies. The reason was protests of civil society representatives and residents of the regions, who are mostly Muslims and faithful to traditional values,” the letter continues.

May 12, 2017

4 Men Indicted 18 FedCharges Posing as Gay on Grindr to Rob,Intimidate Gay Men







Anthony Shelton, 19; Nigel Garrett, 21; Chancler Encalade, 20; and Cameron Ajiduah, 18, were named in the indictment returned by a federal grand jury Wednesday charging them with co 
Anthony Shelton, 19; Nigel Garrett, 21; Chancler Encalade, 20; and Cameron Ajiduah, 18, were named in the indictment returned by a federal grand jury Wednesday charging them with conspiring to cause bodily injury to people because of the sexual orientation.



According to the indictment, from Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, 2017, the defendants committed home invasions in Plano, Frisco, and Aubrey, Texas.
For each of the four home invasions, the defendants used Grindr, a social media dating platform for gay men, to falsely identify as a gay man and arrange to meet the victim at the victim's home.
Once inside, the defendants assaulted the victim, restrained the victim with tape, and made derogatory statements about their homosexuality.
The defendants had a firearm during each home invasion, and they stole the victim's property, including cars.
The North Texas Gay and Lesbian Alliance President Jeanne Rubin is glad to see a grand jury recognized the seriousness of the crimes.
"You can be scared as a homeowner if your neighbor is robbed, but it's different if you feel like you're being targeted for some reason and in this case a whole community can feel like they're targeted," said Rubin.
For the crimes, the defendants were charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, carjacking and possession of a firearm.
The hate crime counts carry a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison.
An indictment merely establishes probable cause, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
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Four Texas Men Indicted on Federal Hate Crime and Conspiracy Charges for Assaults Based on Victims’ Sexual Orientation


A federal grand jury returned an eighteen-count superseding indictment against Anthony Shelton, 19; Nigel Garrett, 21; Chancler Encalade, 20; and Cameron Ajiduah, 18, charging them with conspiring to cause bodily injury to persons because of the sexual orientation of those persons, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Texas, and the U.S.  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Dallas Division announced.
According to the indictment, from Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, 2017, the defendants committed home invasions in Plano, Frisco, and Aubrey, Texas.  For each of the four home invasions, the defendants used Grindr, a social media dating platform for gay men, to falsely identify as a gay man and arrange to meet the victim at the victim’s home.  Upon entering the victim’s home, the defendants assaulted the victim, restrained the victim with tape, and made derogatory statements about the victim being gay.  The defendants possessed a firearm during each home invasion, and they stole the victim’s property, including his motor vehicle.
For these crimes, the defendants have been charged with conspiracy, kidnapping, carjacking and possession of a firearm in furtherance of these crimes.  The hate crime counts carry a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
An indictment merely establishes probable cause, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the ATF, the Plano Police Department and the Frisco Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Batson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Texas and Trial Attorney Saeed Mody of the Civil Rights Division.

May 8, 2017

Some Gay Men are Being Killed By Their Families in Chechnya




  

Foreign Affairs published “The Global Backlash Against Gay Rights: How Homophobia Became a Political Tool” by Omar G. Encarnación. The article examines the pushback against gay rights in developed countries where significant progress has been made toward equality, and a more “preemptive strike” approach in other countries designed to prevent LGBT equality movements from gaining a foothold. One popular explanation, he writes, “is the enduring strength of homophobia, which flows from the cultural heterosexism embedded in most religions.”
Public polls show that societal acceptance of homosexuality is intimately linked to levels of social and economic development and rates of religiosity. The higher the religiosity, the lower the acceptance rate of homosexuality, and vice versa. The polling data also show that among the major religious groups, Muslims are the least accepting of homosexuality and gay rights, followed by Protestant–Evangelicals, Catholics, and mainstream Protestants. These findings would explain why the gay backlash has been most severe in the most deeply religious parts of the world, such as African and Middle Eastern nations, and, among Western nations, more pronounced in nations with large Evangelical populations, such as the United States and Brazil, than Catholic ones, such as Argentina, Ireland, and Spain.
Decidedly less noted, and therefore less understood, are the political roots of the gay backlash. By openly embracing anti-gay violence and extremely homophobic legislation, many autocratic regimes across the world are doing what such regimes have done for centuries to groups as varied as Jews, heretics, and various ethnic minorities: scapegoating a socially despised minority as a way to consolidate power, to justify conservative policies, and to distract from other issues.
Russia: Under fire, Putin says government will investigate violence against gays in Chechnya
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would ask the prosecutor general and interior minister to investigate reports of deadly violence against gay men in Muslim-majority Chechnya, which have drawn international condemnation in recent weeks. The New York Times reports that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, “has enjoyed near unconditional support” from Putin, and that the anti-gay violence is part of his approach to governing:
The regime’s coercive methods are allied with punitive conservative values. Official Chechen ideology is a mix of traditionalism, Sufi Islam and Putinism. The authorities have banned alcohol, enforced dress codes and “moral behavior” for women, supported honor killings and blood feuds, and even closed orphanages as being alien to Chechen culture.
Russian police reportedly arrested about 20 protesters in St. Petersburg on May 1.
The BBC reported on psychological and religious “cures” that gay people in Russia are being subjected to:
Some Russian families turn to religious institutions to “cure” children who have come out.
Maria, 27, was taken to church against her will by her family to “treat” her homosexuality when she was only 13. She had holy water poured over her while others read out prayers.
“I couldn’t hear anything; I was bawling my eyes out. They kept on reading out prayers and forced me to go to church, where I was told that my attraction to other women came from Satan,” she told the BBC.
“They covered me in holy water and forced me to drink it. Sometimes they hit me with rods. I feel like they broke my mind.”
Some gay men are reportedly being killed by members of their own family.

May 2, 2017

Russians Protesting Gay Persecution in Chechnya




The police detained gay rights activists during a May Day rally in St. Petersburg on Monday.CreditAnatoly Maltsev/European Pressphoto Agency 

MOSCOW — The Russian police detained about 20 gay rights protesters on Monday, among them the leader of a group that is helping gay men escape from the southern province of Chechnyawhere they face abuse, including torture.
The protesters held a demonstration on the sidelines of a May Day parade in St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city.
The treatment of gays in Chechnya has prompted protests outside Russia, but the demonstration on Monday was the first significant action inside the country, and it ended, perhaps predictably, with arrests. Russia has strict rules on political activity in public.
Some protesters lay on the pavement draped in a rainbow flag and the flag of Chechnya. Others carried placards objecting to the mistreatment of gay men in Chechnya, news footage showed.

“They even deny they exist and deny the problem exists,” Andrei Potapov, one of the protesters, told Euronews of Chechen officials. A spokesman for the regional leader, Ramzan A. Kadyrov, told The New York Times this month that Chechnya had no gay men.

It was not immediately clear why the police had detained the activists. Among them was Igor Kochetkov, director of the Russian LGBT Network, a group that has been providing gay men from Chechnya with safe houses elsewhere in Russia.

Tens of thousands of people in Russia attend May Day parades, which are intended to highlight labor issues and defend the rights of workers. In Moscow, Gennady A. Zyuganov, the leader of the Russian Communist Party, gave a speech in front of a poster of Joseph Stalin.

Fontanka, a St. Petersburg news portal, reported that the police had detained 18 people under a law against “violations by participants of a public activity of the rules of its implementation.”

That implied that the gay rights message had not been approved for the pro-labor marches, though the Fontanka report did not say precisely how the protesters had violated the parade rules.

Videos posted online showed activists carrying rainbow flags, and then police officers bundling some of them into a van. Reached by cellphone in jail, Mr. Kochetkov said about 20 people had been arrested, Reuters reported.

The Russian LGBT Network, Mr. Kochetkov’s group, has created an emergency volunteer network to help gay men escape Chechnya, operating a hotline and safe houses.

Even by the standards of Chechnya, a small region tormented by two brutal wars for independence in the post-Soviet period, the mass arrests of gay men seem brazen.

To counteract popular support for an Islamist insurgency that erupted after the Soviet breakup, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has granted wide latitude to the regional leader, Mr. Kadyrov, to co-opt elements of the Islamist agenda, including an intolerance of gays. Local officials in Chechnya and federal officials in Moscow have denied that gay men are being abused.

“You should ask those devils to apologize and kneel before the Chechen people for insults, humiliation and accusation,” Mr. Kadyrov told RBK television last month, speaking of Russian journalists who have documented the arrests and abuse of gay men.

“The best way to lead a healthy lifestyle is to have the right orientation,” he said. “God created us men, women and animals. Have you seen any religious pronouncement that would say you should marry a cat, for example?”

Earlier this year, to find closeted gay men, the authorities began to pose on social networking sites as gay men looking for dates and detained the people who responded, according to Chechen gay men interviewed last month.

Novaya Gazeta, a Russian independent newspaper, reported that more than 100 gay men had been arrested and that at least three had died. Human Rights Watch has corroborated that conclusion based on its own interviews with victims.

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New York Times

April 11, 2017

Russian Secret Nazi-Style Prison Camps for Gays

We see no movement from the US government or the main media even though this is being reported since last year.
This Page is from The Sun.uk which is appearing today in the US:
GAY men are allegedly being put into concentration camp-style prisons in Russia, it has been claimed.
Authorities have been accused of setting up several “secret” camps in Chechnya where men have been tortured or killed because of their sexuality, Novoya Gazetareported.

One of the prison camps is reportedly at the former military headquarters in the town of Argun
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One of the prison camps is reportedly at the former military headquarters in the town of Argun

The Russian newspaper based their report on interviews with eyewitnesses and survivors who claim they were arrested and detained at one of the secret prison at a former military headquarters in the town of Argun.
Former detainees told how they endured “electric shock torture and violent interrogation”, while others say they were held to ransom and used to extort their families.
One prisoner who fled claimed he was blackmailed by Chechen police every month in order to survive before he was incarcerated.


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Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov (right), a key ally to Russian President Vladimir (right), has been accused of clamping down on homosexuality
Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov (right), a key ally to Russian President Vladimir (right), has been accused of clamping down on homosexuality
Anti-gay protesters try to tear a rainbow flag during an LGBT community rally in central Moscow, Russia in 2015
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Anti-gay protesters try to tear a rainbow flag during an LGBT community rally in central Moscow, Russia in 2015
Razman Kadyrov is said to be personally involved in the round-ups
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Razman Kadyrov is said to be personally involved in the round-ups

It comes after Novoya Gazeta reported Chechen police had rounded up more than 100 men suspected of being gay – killing three of them, last week.
Chechen’s President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is a key ally of Vladimir Putin, accused of ordering the clampdown, denied the allegations claiming “it’s impossible to persecute those who are not in the republic”.
The Chechen government suggested there are no gay people in their country.
The Kremlin-backed Kadyrov is widely accused of extensive human rights violations. He has brought Islam to the fore of Chechnya’s daily life, including opening what is called Europe’s biggest mosque.
 Human rights groups have accused security forces controlled by Kadyrov of resorting to disappearances, torture, and extrajudicial executions, and the collective punishment of suspects’ extended families in their fight with Islamist insurgents.

Performers prepare to go on stage at a private gay club called “Malevich” in St. Petersburg
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Performers prepare to go on stage at a private gay club called “Malevich” in St. Petersburg

Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch said: “For several weeks now, a brutal campaign against LGBT people has been sweeping through Chechnya.
“Law enforcement and security agency officials under control of the ruthless head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, have rounded up dozens of men on suspicion of being gay, torturing and humiliating the victims.
 “Some of the men have forcibly disappeared. Others were returned to their families barely alive from beatings. At least three men apparently have died since this brutal campaign began.”
In a statement, the Russian  LGBT community said: “No national and/or religious traditions and norms can justify kidnapping or killing of a human being.
“Any references to ‘traditions’ to justify kidnappings and killings are amoral and criminal.
It added: “We believe that the only thing that can work out is the evacuation. We co-operate closely we the human rights defenders both in Russia and abroad, and ready to evacuate.”

April 8, 2017

55yrOld Gay Teacher in Mumbai Gets Blackmailed by Acquaintances



It is a well-known fact that many people who identify with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in India are walking a very fine line – be true to who he/she really is while also maintaining a cautious approach of how that comes across in day to day life. (case details at bottom)



55-year-old unmarried man gives up life’s savings and mother’s jewellery to blackmailer in 3-year extortion saga; one accused arrested

Amar (name changed), a 55-year-old government school teacher, had to go through blackmail and extortion for three years after he fell into a trap laid for him by his acquaintance. N Hemanth Kumar, a cyber centre owner, started working on the contours of the trap after he came to know that Amar is a homosexual. 

Hemanth facilitated an encounter with a male partner for Amar in 2014 with the help of three others. Unknown to Amar, the encounter was filmed.

Since then, he and the others have been extorting money from Amar. So far Amar has had to part with cash and valuables adding up to Rs 31 lakh. He has given all his savings and blank cheque leaves, his ATM cards with the PIN numbers, bought the accused a scooter, sold his mother’s jewellery and did all he could to stop the footage going public.

When the harassment proved too much to bear, Amar approached a senior police officer for help. Seeing the gravity of the issue, the officer put a team of policemen on the job. Hemanth has been arrested and a search is on for the others.

Amar, a resident of Rajajinagar, would go to a cyber centre near his house to get photocopies of documents. He got acquainted with the centre owner Hemanth, 34.

The two talked about their personal lives and Hemanth came to that Amar is a bachelor, a government school teacher, and was living with his elderly mother and two brothers.

“In February 2014, Amar gave Hemanth his phone after there was a technical issue with it. Hemanth came upon gay porn videos on it when he was going through it. He surmised Amar may be interested in having sex with men. When he asked him, the victim sought Hemanth’s help to meet male partners. The accused then checked online for male partners and connected with Arun, another accused,” said an officer, who is part of the probe.

Arun approached Yusuf, the other accused in the case. Yusuf agreed to have a sexual encounter for Rs 10,000 a day. Hemanth is said to have discussed this with the victim. The victim agreed to pay the money and booked a cottage in Madikeri.

“Hemanth knew the victim would have saved up money. So he hatched a plot to trap him. Yusuf was to record his sexual encounter with the victim. At the cottage, Yusuf had fixed cameras and recorded their sexual encounter. He then handed a copy to Hemanth, another to Arun and kept one with himself,” the officer said.

A month after the incident, Hemanth showed the victim the video and started extorting money from him, the officer said.

Whenever Arun and Yusuf wanted money, they would approach Hemanth who would then blackmail the teacher and take money from him.

The trio took cash and valuables worth Rs 31 lakh -- of which Rs 18 lakh was in cash. They also extorted a home theatre system, iPhones and a two-wheeler. Hemanth had also used another of his friends Mani to make phone calls.

“Hemanth was arrested last week by the West division police. A search is on for the other three - Arun, Yusuf and Mani. We have managed to get cheque leaves and an electronic gadget worth Rs 50,000. The remaining money is yet to be recovered. A case of extortion has been registered under Section 384 of the Indian Penal Code,” the officer said.

The police will also visit the cottage where the alleged sexual encounter video was shot.

Praveen Kumar, Bangalore Mirror Bureau

On a Two Yr old crime:

It is a well-known fact that many people who identify with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in India are walking a very fine line – be true to who he/she really is while also maintaining a cautious approach of how that comes across in day to day life. It is unfortunate that such people are held under a microscope with every single action of theirs being analysed and dissected by society, and most recently, for nefarious gains.

A 31-year-old gay man in Mumbai named Rajan was surreptitiously followed into a men’s bathroom by two strangers and coerced into performing oral sex on both of them. The act was recorded. The men then demanded that Rajan take them to a nearby ATM to withdraw his savings of Rs15,000 and if he refused, they would report the sexual encounter to the police.

“They knew I was gay. They were watching me and waiting… Even though society has not fully accepted us, the law was there to protect us. But now we are scared,” Rajan had told reporters.

March 7, 2017

UK:Gay Couple Attacked by 5 Men After Falling Sleep on The Train






Suspects pictured after gay couple were 'attacked by five men' on a train
They had been on a date (Picture: Facebook)

Police released photos of five suspects after a gay couple were ‘attacked by homophobes’ on a train.
Phil Poole, 35, had been out on a date with his 26-year-old boyfriend Zbynek Zatloukal and were making their home on the Great Western Railway. 
They had both fallen asleep with their heads propped against on another when they woke up to what police suspect was a homphobic attack.
Officers released CCTV stills of five men suspected of beating the couple up on Valentine’s Day.
Poole claims he was awoken by a punch to the face – and his partner was knocked out.


One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)
One of the suspects (Pictures: British Transport Police)

Police say that the pair tried to get away but the gang followed them and continued to assault them as the train from Reading approached Ealing Broadway.
Investigating officer, PC Peter Taylor, said: ‘This was a very nasty assault committed by a group of men who attacked two other men while they were sleeping on the train. The victims believe the motivation for the attack was that the offenders thought they were gay.
‘Hate crime such as this will absolutely not be tolerated by British Transport Police. I would like to speak to anyone who recognises the men shown in the CCTV images as they may have information which could help with the investigation.
‘If you recognize them or have any other information about the incident, please contact me by calling 0800 40 50 40 or text information to 61016 quoting reference number 30 15/2/17.



They were asleep when the attack started (Picture: Facebook)
They were asleep when the attack started (Picture: Facebook)
One had to be stretchered off the train (Picture: Facebook)
One had to be stretchered off the train (Picture: Facebook)
It happened at Ealing Broadway (Picture: Facebook)
It happened at Ealing Broadway (Picture: Facebook)


At the time passengers called police following the incident and the gang fled.
Poole suffered severe cuts and bruises while Zatloukal was left with a suspected broken eye socket and had to be stretchered out of the carriage.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Poole said: ‘I’m still a bit jumpy and I think it could be a while before I get back on a train. I was just sleeping on his shoulder it wasn’t like I was making out with him, I can understand if people dislike couples kissing on the train.’


metro.co.uk

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