ADDED ON: 05/28/2019

LESBIAN TIED TO A TREE AND BEATEN IN INDIA FOR ‘BESMIRCHING’ HER VILLAGE

05/27/2019 | Newsweek

A woman in eastern India has been tied up to a tree and beaten after neighbors discovered she was in a same-sex relationship. Sarmila Malla, 19, was dragged out of her home by neighbors after she was found in bed with another woman from her village of Chandol, Odisha, The Times of India reported. She said, according to the paper: “I was dragged out of my house by my neighbors. They beat me up and tied me to a tree. They abused and kicked me when my parents tried to rescue me. We are madly in love with each other.” Ganesh Parida, a resident of the village, told the newspaper: “We beat up and tied Sarmila to a tree in our village as she is a lesbian. She is immoral and has besmirched the name of our village.”

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