Two of the men are Bangladeshi citizens while the third is a man from Great Britain. The three are members of the “Boys of Bangladesh” network, the oldest network in the country of self-identified gay men. “Boys of Bangladesh” began as a Yahoo group in 2002 as a means of connecting gay youth in the country who felt isolated. The group also held small gatherings back then that were kept secret to avoid police interference. These days the network has grown stronger and the organization has even secured office space complete with its own rainbow flag.
Despite the organization’s visibility, homosexual acts are still illegal in Bangladesh. The three Boys of Bangladesh members were taken into custody at a hotel in Sylhet for crimes defined under Section 377A of the Bangladesh Penal Code. Section 377A criminalizes adult homosexual acts which the three are suspected of committing with one another by police. The men were allegedly mentally and physically tortured by police while in custody. No word has been given on whether the Bangladeshi men were set free. The British man has been charged under Section 377A formally and is still in custody.
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