Pictures have emerged of a Ryanair stewardess and her girlfriend who were beaten on a London bus because they refused to kiss.
Melania Geymonat, 28, from Uruguay was on the bus with her American girlfriend Chris. They were on their way home from an evening out in West Hampstead in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The pair decided to sit on the top deck of the London bus where they were alone with a gang of thugs who continually made sexual remarks at them and demanded that the girls kiss each other for their entertainment.
On her Facebook page, Melania wrote: “They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us ‘lesbians’ and describing sexual positions.
“I don’t remember the whole episode, but the word ‘scissors’ stuck in my mind.
“In an attempt to calm things down, I started making jokes.
“I thought this might make them go away. Chris even pretended she was sick, but they kept on harassing us, throwing us coins and becoming more enthusiastic about it.”
“I went over there only to find her face bleeding and three of them beating her up.
“The next thing I know is I’m being punched.
“I got dizzy at the sight of my blood and fell back. I don’t remember whether or not I lost consciousness.
“Suddenly the bus had stopped, the police were there and I was bleeding all over.”
The gang robbed the couple before fleeing the scene.
Melania released photos of the incident in order to ensure that no one else suffered a similar attack and to make people aware of the situation.
She wrote: “What upsets me the most is that violence has become a common thing, that sometimes it’s necessary to see a woman bleeding after having been punched to feel some kind of impact.
“I’m tired of being taken as a sexual object, of finding out these situations are usual, of gay friends who were beaten up just because.
“We have to endure verbal harassment and chauvinist, misogynistic and homophobic violence because when you stand up for yourself s**t like this happens.
“I just hope that in June, Pride Month, stuff like this can be spoken out loudly so they stop happening!”
A Metropolitan spokesperson said: “The incident happened at approximately 02:30hrs on Thursday, 30 May after the two women, both aged in their 20s, boarded a N31 bus in West Hampstead.”
Anyone with any information should call the Metropolitan Police.