On October 11, a member of the LGBT community in Mumbai, Divyaroop Ananda, attended an event at The Hive, in Khar.
During a break between talks, Divyaroop and his friend Vinay stepped out to get a cigarette, and while walking back to the venue, they were assaulted by six people at around 3 p.m.
"There was this one guy on the opposite side of the road. Suddenly, he crossed the road, and he stood extremely close to my face, and was smelling of beer. He then started touching my private area, and I was stunned."
After the incident, Divyaroop was advised to not report the incident as nothing would come of it.
After getting in touch with Sonal Giani, a member of an LGBT NGO called Humsafar Trust, Divyaroop contacted a lawyer and began to file a case against his attackers.
Giani told BuzzFeed, "The police have been quite supportive through this entire matter".
Mumbai- based LGBT activist Harish Iyer also commented on the entire incident.
Divyaroop further stated that the Khar police assured him that they would seek justice, and a few days later contacted him stating that they had the men in custody.
If you're a member of the LGBT community and need assistance in any way, you can contact the Humsafar Trust through their Facebook page or call them directly at +91-22-26673800
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