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Victim of Egyptian bathhouse raid attempts suicide

Joseph McCormick February 17, 2015

One of 26 men who were arrested in a bathhouse in Egypt, and accused of “debauchery”, has attempted suicide.

The men arrested were accused of “perversions” as news reporters told police that the bathhouses were used for “group perversions”. One reporter posted pictures of the dozens of men, mainly naked, being rounded up during the raid and put into vans.

The bathhouse owner was accused by prosecutors of facilitating the “practice, facilitate and incite debauchery.”

Despite that all of the men were acquitted, one victim has attempted to burn himself to death, reports Paper Bird.

He said: “I work in a restaurant in the Shobra district… I’m harassed constantly in my workplace by the words of the people and the looks in their eyes.”

The man, who said “I am very tired”, said he had been in hospital since trying to kill himself.

Gay rights activists say the past twelve months have been the worst in a long time for Egypt’s gay community.

Althought gay sex is not illegal there, debauchery laws are often used to prosecute those found having same-sex relations.

Eight men who were jailed in Egypt over a video which purportedly showed a mock same-sex wedding recently heard that their appeal verdict will come at the end of this month.

The men were arrested in September, after a video leaked online appearing to show an unofficial same-sex wedding ceremony on a riverboat in the Nile.

More: Africa, bathhouse, Egypt, Egypt

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