According to a report, the Taliban raped and beat a gay man in Kabul after tricking him into attending a meeting with the promise of escape from Afghanistan.

According to a report from ITV, the Taliban raped and beat a gay man after tricking him into meeting with them.

An anonymous source told the outlet that Hanan, who used a pseudonym to protect his identity, had been communicating with a man on social media who had promised to assist him in finding a safe way out of Afghanistan.

Following the Taliban’s takeover of the country, a large number of LGBTQ people have been desperately attempting to flee the country.

Hanan agreed to meet the man in Kabul after communicating with him online for three weeks, which he did not realize at the time was with Taliban fighters.

When Hanan encountered the men, he was raped and beaten, according to Afghan LGBTQ rights activist Artemis Akbary, who spoke to ITV.

According to Akbary, Taliban fighters are likely to repeat this action in the future.

The perpetrators “will create a profile account and deceive LGBT+ people by pretending to be a member of the community,” he explained.

According to men from Afghanistan’s secret gay community, who spoke to Insider recently, they are living through a “nightmare” and are terrified of their futures under Taliban administration.

At one point during their previous reign, the militant group executed gay men. In July, the German newspaper Bild reported that a Taliban judge had promised to sentence gay men to death by stoning or being crushed by a nine-foot wall if they refused to convert.

Gay rights activists in Afghanistan told Insider that gay men were lured to their deaths through social media even during the previous governments in the country.

Nemat Sadat, an LGBTQ activist, told Insider that the government “basically used social media to create honey traps to lure gay and bisexual men.”

“National security officials would create fictitious profiles and post them on Grindr and various Facebook groups, saying things like, ‘hey look, I really want to meet you,’ and then they would basically take them out and kill them before throwing their bodies away.”

“And this was not while the Taliban was in power. This occurred during the administrations of Ashraf Ghani and Hamid Karzai “he explained.

Hamid Zaher, an Afghan author and gay rights activist, told Insider that gay people would frequently vanish after meeting up with men they met on social media who turned out to be government officials masquerading as police officers or other officials.

According to him, the Taliban would most likely employ the same strategies.

As he put it, “If the Taliban doesn’t shut down Facebook and other apps like Grindr, they will use them to arrest people.”
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