'Are you lesbians?': Teen knocked out by stranger 'over short haircut'

An 18-year-old woman was knocked out in a cafe by a group of thugs who reportedly did not like her short hair and called her and her friends 'lesbians'.

The incident was filmed in the north-western Russian city of Saint Petersburg and the video was shared on social media where it has been viewed 60,000 times at the time of writing.

In the footage, a group of young women is seen entering a cafe immediately followed by a group of young men.

The moment an 18-year-old woman was knocked out by a stranger at a cafe. Source: CEN/Australscope

The men then run to the cafe entrance where they are confronted by one of the girls with short hair identified as 18-year-old Ekaterina Lysykh.

After a short exchange, one of the men punches Ms Lysykh who falls to the floor and remains motionless while her friends run over to help.

According to Ms Lysykh’s friend Alina, the group was walking on the street when the men came over and asked if they were lesbians.

“They insulted us in a rude manner, asking: 'Are you lesbians, why do you have such a short haircut?' They also wanted us to show them what we had in our pockets. After we refused they hit us,” Alina said.

The woman's injuries after she was allegedly taunted by a group of men who asked if she and her friends were lesbians. Source: CEN/Australscope

The women tried to run away but the suspects kept tripping them up so they decided to go into the cafe.

According to local media, the victim was punched while she was trying to get pepper spray out of her bag.

Reports said she was hospitalised with a concussion and was released the following day.

But she began to feel ill again and vomited so she was hospitalised a second time.

There have been no further updates on her current condition.

Reports said she had trouble recollecting the incident, but had filed a complaint with the police.

The investigation is ongoing. No arrests had been reported at the time of writing.

– Australscope