The case, reportedly involving an alleged lesbian love triangle, marks the first known case in the central African nation involving women charged with homosexual acts. The women, whose case was heard in court Monday, were charged with homosexual acts in the southern town of Ambam. Homosexual acts are punishable by up to five years in prison in Cameroon.
The husband of one women reported the alleged love triangle, reports BBC.
The women were arrested... following a quarrel between two alleged lesbian lovers. One partner accused the other of infidelity with a married woman. The argument escalated and the husband of the married woman was told of the affair. He reported the incident to the police.
The case has been adjourned until 8 March.
Cameroon is one of at least 38 of Africa's 54 nations that currently have laws penalizing same-sex relations or even sexuality. Four nations—Mauritania, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan—boast the death penalty for gays or same-sex activity. South Africa and Seychelles are the only African nations that protect LGBT rights. South Africa is also the only African nation to guarantee marriage equality.
The beautiful west African nation boasts one of continent's more repressive anti-LGBT regimes. Recent months have seen an increase in arrests and prosecutions under section 347a of its penal code, which criminalizes same-sex sexual acts. The government is preparing to toughen its already harsh penalties against homosexuality by equating them with pedophilia.
Gay men in Cameroon are routinely and randomly arrested and subjected to legal ordeals that continue for years. Since late July, a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old have been in police custody. Reports suggest the youths were arrested because they appeared "feminine". The two men received the maximum prison sentence of five years in November.
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