A Peruvian father is being accused of lighting his 22-year-old son on fire after finding out that he was HIV-positive and gay. Hitler Baneo Núñez, 49, tried to kill his son, who is only being identified by his initials R.B.P., after getting tired of a neighbor’s jokes about his sexual orientation.
R.B.P. ended up with burns to his face, legs and arms but he survived because neighbors came to his aid. The young man has tuberculosis in addition to being HIV-positive, The Huffington Post reported.
“My dad wanted to kill me because of those illnesses, but my aunt took me out of my father’s house and took me to Iquitos to put me in the institution ‘Algo bello para Dios’ since March 1," the victim said in translated quotes. "Unfortunately, my father doesn’t accept me as I am."
Comunidad Homosexual de la Región Loreto, a local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization released the following statement:
"We hope that this complaint ... will be treated seriously by the authorities and that it can generate a change and call attention of the public to the homophobia that lives inside the home and is growing in society towards gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and trans people in the Loreto region."
This is not the only recent incident of this kind. A British man, Jordan Sheard, was convicted of manslaughter after killing a local gay teen by setting him on fire earlier this year. He was sentenced to three and a half years in jail.