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Police arrest 27 men ‘for homosexuality’ in Bangladesh

Police in Bangladesh stormed a community center outside the capital of Dhaka early Friday morning and arrested 27 men. Their crime? They’re suspected of being gay.

Zahangir Hossain Matobbar, the commander of Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion, told the Associated Press that the suspects — mostly students between the ages of 20 to 30 — were arrested at the community center where they apparently gathered every two months to ‘‘stay overnight for partying.’’

An RAB spokesman told Agence France-Presse that the men had been arrested ‘‘for homosexuality’’ and that it not yet determined how they would be formally charged.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.


Washington Post