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Digital Subscriptions > Attitude > October 2018 > LEGALISED TORTURE


Men suspected of being gay, and transgender women, are being subject to barbaric government-sanctioned anal examinations in parts of Africa and Asia


It was 6.30 in the morning when Jackson Mukasa started hearing shouting outside their home in the Ugandan capital of Kampala. At first it sounded like people going to work and school, but it quickly became clear that something wasn’t right. “This is where gays are living! This is where gays are living!”

Jackson recalls a mob chanting.

“My friend opened the door and they rushed in. They thought maybe we were naked or having sex and told us to pack everything up and leave the area, saying we might recruit young people into homosexuality,” Jackson recalls. Members of the crowd began beating Jackson then the police took both of the suspected gay men in for questioning, prolonging their ordeal.

“They took me to a clinic and didn’t tell me what was happening.” Soon after, Jackson was forced to undergo an anal examination. “He forced me to bend and spread my legs, then he put a device inside my anus.” By the time the test was finished, Jackson was distraught and outraged by the violation and physical assault carried out by the authorities.

Now identifying as a trans woman, who cannot present as such in daily life, Jackson describes how, during the procedure, the doctor shouted derogatory remarks, such as: “Why are you doing this, you should be a son of God!”

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