A gay couple in Uzbekistan have been arrested and tortured by police, who charged them with engaging in illegal sexual relations.
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Male homosexuality is punishable by up to three years in prison in the majority-Muslim country, but the law is rarely enforced.
The couple, both in their twenties, live together in Tashkent and reportedly met in September. It’s unknown how police found out about their relationship, but authorities told reporters they’d conducted anal exams on both men which “proved” they had “repeated sexual intercourse.”
While prosecution for homosexuality is rare in the Uzbekistan, public shaming and violence against LGBT people is common and often sanctioned by authorities.
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