Four teenagers charged after female couple were attacked on bus because they

Four teenage boys aged between 15 and 17 have been charged with an aggravated hate crime over a homophobic attack against two women on a London night bus in May.The incident caused widespread outrage on social media after Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris posted about being beaten by a group of youths.They were attacked after they refused to kiss for the strangers’ entertainment, they said.Four boys, two aged 16, one aged 15 and another aged 17, have been chargedOne of the 16-year-olds, from Wandsworth, south London, is also charged with theft and handling stolen goods, while the other, from the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, is accused of possessing cannabis.The 15-year-old boy, also from Kensington and Chelsea, faces an additional charge of handling stolen goods.All four are due to appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court on August 21.Former prime minister Theresa May condemned the assault, saying: “This was a sickening attack and my thoughts are with the couple affected.”Nobody should ever have to hide who they are or who they love and we must work together to eradicate unacceptable violence towards the LGBT community.”In a post on Facebook, Ms Geymonat – who worked recently as a Ryanair air hostess and is originally from Uruguay – said: “I’m tired of being taken as a sexual object, of finding out that 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— like this happens.”Both women were taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries after the incident on the N31 bus in the early hours of May 30. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more