A video has emerged on social media this week, which shows a horrific homophobic attack perpetrated on a teenage girl by a gang of boys who allegedly thought she ''looked like a lesbian.''
The incident, which was captured on CCTV footage, shows 18-year-old Yekaterina Lysik holding a female friend's hand while out and about in St. Petersburg. However, the two women were then stalked by a group of young men, who proceeded to violently assault them in a café.Watch the footage of the homophobic attack below:
The boys threatened the women and demanded their phones and wallets, but Lysik can be seen bravely fighting back against her aggressors. In the above video, she can be seen exchanging blows with one of the boys who attempted to kick her, before she hurled an object at him.
She was then viciously hit her on the side of the head, leading her to collapse to the floor. Lysik was rushed to a nearby hospital following the assault. She was treated for a concussion, bruising to her face, and required stitches to her lip.
According to the local newspaper, Fontanka, four teenage suspects have been arrested over their alleged involvement in the crime. One boy named Denis is in the seventh grade, aged between 12 and 14, and has been charged with grievous bodily harm.
Meanwhile, his co-conspirators, 16-year-old student Vladislav and 19-year-old Nikita Kovalev, were also charged with grievous bodily harm. The unidentified fourth boy is due to go on trial as a witness.
This incident has occurred not long after CCTV footage showed a number of teenage boys violently attacking two gay women on a bus in London, after they taunted them and verbally harassed them. The young men involved in the hate crime have since pled guilty to the offences.