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Raided RexKL Guests Allegedly Subjected To Demeaning Questions And Poor Treatment By Authorities

Raided RexKL Guests Allegedly Subjected To Demeaning Questions And Poor Treatment By Authorities

Activist Numan Afifi shared two pictures of the form that subjected those arrested with personal and humiliating questions.

Adeline Leong

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On the night of 29 October, guests at the Halloween private party ‘Shagrilla’ were raided by the police and the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (JAWI).

They were detained for allegedly promoting vice and for offences related to cross-dressing.

READ MORE: Netizens, Politicians And Artists Express Regret On Halloween Party Raid At RexKL

Activist Numan Afifi, who was among those arrested at the Halloween party in RexKL, revealed that party guests were allegedly subjected to humiliating and demeaning questions by the authorities.  

Numan posted two pictures showing a section of the form on Twitter. Some of the questions asked were:

  • Have you had unnatural sex?
  • Have you taken hormones or had surgery?
  • Why is your voice like that?
  • What’s the condition of your clothes when you were arrested?

Numan added that those who were arrested were questioned for almost 3 hours. They were eventually let go but were told to return for investigation again at a later date.

He alleged that the way they were treated was pure intimidation and harassment from religious authorities.

In addition, Numan claimed the authorities treated the other guests at RexKL badly that night.

Some netizens were shocked by the blatant hate from some parties and continued to condemn the raid. They said what transpired was akin to harassment against a marginalised community.

Life has always been tough on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members who persistently face persecution and discrimination in a conservative country.

However, the LGBT community is not alone because LGBT allies have voiced their support for the community and will continue to fight for human rights.

Netizens also praised the lawyers and doctors who stepped up to help the arrested guests that night.

Some worried that the recent invasion of the rights and space of the LGBT community will eventually happen to other communities too.

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