Persecution Alert

'Anti-Romeo' vigilantes are targeting men for being gay in India

04 April 2017

Vigilante groups known as ‘anti-Romeo squads’, claiming to target inter-religious couples, have reportedly also been targeting gay men. The men are either assaulted or taken to the police where they have to pay a bribe to get out of an arrest.

In late March 2017, an uncle and nephew were reportedly picked up by a squad on the suspicion they were a gay couple. They each had to pay a 5000 Rupee  (£60) bribe to secure their release.

The formation of the anti-Romeo squads was an election promise from the now ruling party the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) in UP.

See: Gay Star News, 'Anti-Romeo' vigilantes are targeting men for being gay in India, 4 April 2017

 

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