Man’s body dug up and burned in the street ‘after it was revealed he was gay’

The man's family had to change his burial place twice as different communities refused to accept him.

Man’s body dug up and burned in the street ‘after it was revealed he was gay’
Story from Jam Press (Gay Man Burning) Pictured: A video grab of hundreds of people watching the gay man???s remains burning in the street. Horrific scenes as locals exhume gay man???s body and burn it in street Four men have been arrested for allegedly exhuming the body of a gay man from a cemetery and burning it in the street. The deceased man had been buried there the day before. The suspects entered the L??ona Niass??ne Cemetery in Kaolack, Senegal, on Saturday (28 Oct) evening. In Senegal, a religious country with a majority Muslim population, homosexuality is punishable by between one and five years in prison. According to various human rights groups, the LGBT community is regularly subjected to discrimination and violence in the West African country. Local media said the deceased man???s family wanted to bury him in the holy city of Touba about two miles away. However, the local authorities refused to allow him to be buried there after learning he was gay. Relatives then tried to bury him near their home, but the local community objected and they eventually interred him in L??ona Niass??ne. The following day, an angry mob turned up at the cemetery and allegedly exhumed his corpse. The gay man???s remains were then set ablaze in the street in front of hundreds of onlookers. The four men were arrested by the police for masterminding the alleged public burning. The local Amnesty International office, the NGO African Reunion for the Defence of Human Rights, and the Senegalese League for Human Rights all condemned the act in statements. Amnesty International also highlighted the plight of many homosexuals in Senegal who are forced to go into hiding or leave their hometowns. The police investigation is ongoing. ENDS Usage Licence: (SOCIAL AND LOCAL MEDIA) We have obtained this material from a verified account on social media platforms and it has been widely used in local news media on a similar report without problems. Usage Restrictions: Jam Pr
The story has shocked many in Senegal, a conservative country where homosexuality is punishable with prison time (Picture: Jam Press Vid)

Footage from Senegal shows the body of a man being exhumed and set on fire in the street after locals are said to have found out he was gay, in a case that has shocked the West African country.

Four men have been arrested in connection with the incident, though images from the scene show a crowd of hundreds gathering around the fire.

The 31-year-old man, named locally as Cheikh Fall, had been buried in Léona Niassene cemetery in the central Senegalese town of Kaolack on Friday evening.

According to local media, his family had tried to arrange a burial in nearby Touba, which is the holy city of the Islamic Mouride brotherhood.

However, the local authorities refused after learning the man was gay, so the family instead tried to inter him close to their home.

When the local community objected to that, they decided to perform the burial in secret at Léona Niassene cemetery.

But around 24 hours later, the body was exhumed and set alight in front of the large crowd.

Despite the prevalence of anti-LGBTQ+ attitudes in Senegal, the case has been met with outrage in parts of the country.

Abasse Yaya Wane, the head of the Kaolack Public Prosecutor’s Office, said: ‘These extremely serious acts, which amount to barbarism, challenge the authorities and cannot go unpunished.’

In Senegal, a conservative Muslim-majority country, same-sex sexual activity is illegal for both men and women.

Those found guilty can face five years’ imprisonment, with the Human Dignity Trust saying LGBTQ+ people are ‘frequently subject to arrest and arbitrary detention where they are vulnerable to torture’.

The local branch of Amnesty International condemned the incident in Kaolack in a statement released with two Senegalese human rights organisations.

It said the actions of the participants violated ‘the dignity of the deceased and his family’.

In February last year, thousands of people gathered in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, to call for harsher punishments for LGBTQ+ people.

Ngoné Dia, a university student who took part in the demonstration, told VOA News: ‘We want them to be imprisoned, even if it’s forever. Senegal is a homophobic country and we’re proud to say it.’

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