London – Two women were punched and robbed in a homophobic assault on a London bus, police said on Friday.
Media reported that the women were left covered in blood after refusing their attackers’ demands to kiss.
“The incident took place in the early hours of May 30 after the two women, who are both in their 20s, boarded a night bus in West Hampstead.
“As they sat on the top deck, they were approached by a group of four males who began to make lewd and homophobic comments to them,’’ a police statement said.
According to the police, the women were then attacked and punched several times before the males ran off the bus, while a phone and bag were stolen during the assault.
“Both women were treated in hospital for facial injuries,’’ the police added.
One of the victims, Melania Geymonat, 28, told BBC radio that the men began harassing them when they discovered she and her girlfriend, Chris, were a couple.
“They surrounded us and started saying really aggressive stuff, things about sexual positions, lesbians and claiming we could kiss so they could watch us.
“To ease the situation I tried to make some jokes, like Chris wasn’t understanding because she didn’t speak English,” Geymonat said
She said that she even acted as if she was sick but they started throwing coins.
“The next thing I knew was that Chris was in the middle of the bus and they were punching her.
“So, I immediately went there by impulse and tried to pull her out of there and they started punching me. I was really bleeding,’’ she said.
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, said on Twitter: “This was a disgusting, misogynistic attack. Hate crimes against the LGBT+ community will not be tolerated in London.”
However, police are appealing for witnesses. (Reuters/NAN)