The state sanctioned wave of anti-gay hysteria follows one gay Senegal man to his grave. Literally. In a truly despicable act of sacrilege, the body of a gay man was twice exhumed from a Muslim cemetery in Senegal. The BBC reports:
The man, in his 30s, was first buried on Saturday before residents of the western town of Thies dug up his body and left it near his grave, police say. His family then reburied him, but he was once more exhumed by people who did not want him buried there. His body was dumped outside the family house.
A police officer told the AFP news agency that the body was eventually buried away from the cemetery.
The state-owned Le Soleil newspaper reports the body was buried within the grounds of the family home.
ln recent weeks, Muslim leaders, as well as newspapers and radio stations, have denounced homosexuals after an appeals court last month overturned the convictions of nine gay HIV activists for homosexual acts. Several imams urged citizens to stone or kill anyone suspected of being gay.
This is not the first time a grave of a suspected gay man has been vandalized. AFP reports in the summer of 2008, locals in the central village of Guinguineo "profaned the tomb of a man they considered to be gay, saying they would not have him buried there."