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FROM THE WEB: Online Dating Fuels New Danger for Gays in India


Gay men in India using dating apps are being exposed to serious danger, as they are targeted by robbers and extortion gangs, according to a recent report.

Writing from Mumbai, Wall Street Journal journalist Gabriele Parussini says men are being extorted and attacked after being lured to meet on gay dating apps.

H tells the story of a maritime engineer, who arranged to meet a man in a hotel room and was robbed by two men who stole his possessions and emptied his bank account.

The men said that: “if he went to the police, they would press criminal charges against him for having sex with a man and tell his colleagues and family that he is gay.”

This is following the decision by India’s Supreme Court to recriminalise gay sex last year, and since the ruling – which hasn’t led to many, if any, prosecutions – it has created an “atmosphere of fear” that is a powerful tool for extortionists.

In a country where Grindr has apparently grown by 50% since last year, there has been a marked increase in gangs operating on gay dating apps, and working to entrap, extort and attack gay men.

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Simon Edmunds

Simon is the former editor of Global Dating Insights. Born in Newcastle, he has an English degree from Queen Mary, London and after working for the NHS, trained as a journalist with the Press Association. Passionate about music, journalism and Newcastle United.

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