Australian Woman defends Muslim couple from racial abuse

2015-04-17 11:27:14 | Al Muslim News
Australian Woman defends Muslim couple from racial abuse


A Muslim couple racially abused by a Sydney train passenger have thanked another commuter who defended them, with a video capturing the incident going viral on social media as police launched an investigation.
The couple, Hafeez Ahmed Bhatti and Khalida Hafeez, were riding on the airport-bound train on Wednesday when a woman sitting nearby started to rant at them, the person who recorded the footage said.
“The lady next to me was saying things like ‘all the people that were dying were because of the Muslims in the world and look what’s happening overseas’,†Stacey Eden, 20, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Friday.
Eden told the woman added: “Read the newspapers, why are you following this religion for, why do you wear things like that so you can marry a man who’s going to go marry a six-year-old?
“I was like, ‘this isn’t right, why are you saying these kinds of things?’â€
Eden is heard replying to the woman on the video, which she posted on Facebook: “She wears them for herself, OK? She wears them because she wants to be modest with her body.â€
Bhatti shared Eden’s clip on his Facebook page on Thursday, writing: “This video was not recorded by me. But that is what happened to us on sydney train, God bless Stacey Eden who support us.â€
“I was little shocked, she touched my wife’s head like she was blessing although no one like a stranger to touch them and then she started her ignorant comments,†he added.
The video clip has attracted more than 130,000 views on YouTube, more than 750,000 views on Facebook and was shared more than 10,000 times on the social networking site since it was uploaded on Wednesday evening.
New South Wales police told they were aware of the allegations and had been in touch with Eden.
“An investigation is now underway into the incident,†the police official added.
There have been several videos of racial abuse on Australian public transport that have gone viral online.
In July a 55-year-old woman was given a good behaviour bond after verbally abusing an Asian passenger on a Sydney train journey in a rant that was captured on video.
In 2012 a French-speaking woman singing on a Melbourne bus was told by a man to “speak English or die†in another viral video.
Two Chinese students were burned, beaten and racially abused on a Sydney train the same year.


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