UK gives Uganda lesbian, victim of torture and exorcism, reprieve from being deported

UK FlagDecember 10, 2014 – Reported by GayStarNews.com – A Ugandan woman has a matter of days to prove she is a lesbian and was tortured over her sexuality.

Judith Twikirize, 23, was told she would be forced to return home to Uganda, flying home yesterday evening (8 December), after the UK government ruled she was lying over her sexuality.

Due to the case being fast-tracked, after she had claimed asylum on 29 September, the young woman could not compile the necessary evidence in time.

But thanks to a judicial review lodged by her solicitor, hours before the plane left the airport, she’s been given a small chance. Twikirize is now in a detention centre waiting for a decision to be made.

She told Gay Star News when she was a tomboyish 10 years old, she was taken to a witch doctor by her grandmother to be exorcised. It was hoped that by cutting her deep with razors and forcing her to sleep in a house of spirits the demons, the evil that ’causes lesbianism’, would leave. This went on weekly for a year…

via UK gives Uganda lesbian, victim of torture and exorcism, reprieve from being deported | Gay Star News.

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