A Muslim couple were in Sydney for just a day when they were abused by an unknown woman on an Airport Line train. They sat quietly and took the abuse. Stacey Eden, 23, overheard the middle-aged female ranter insulting the Muslim couple as “ISIS terrorists.” She was recorded on video standing up for the couple, and posted a short video on Facebook and wrote the following, according to the Metro.
“People who are so ignorant and disrespectful to other people who were clearly sitting there minding their own business.”
And Stacy confronted the female bully, stating the following.
“She was saying some pretty horrible and hurtful things before I spoke up then as soon as I started defending them she stopped….You’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything, simple.”
Eventually the bully quieted down when confronted. According to the Daily Mail, the couple are “hardworking, honest, and kind” parents of a little baby boy. They moved from Pakistan several years ago seeking a better life in Australia, not expecting such a prejudicial confrontation, apparently. Friends of the couple, Hafeez Batthi, 33, and his wife, Khalida, 26, indicated that they are grateful to call Australia home for themselves and their newborn baby son, Mohammad.
Mr. Bhatti was taken aback and surprised by the nasty comments, and stated the following according to the Daily Mail.
“She asked my wife why she was wearing a scarf when it was hot outside. When my wife answered her I thought the woman was asking to be friendly. Then she started saying Muslims like us are trying to conquer Australia and behead everyone here. We were absolutely shocked. It was just very disappointing….She said all Muslims should be kicked out of Australia. I tried to calm things down by telling her we love everyone.”
Mr. Bhatti noted that a second woman supported the racist woman and the incident caused them to miss their flight home. And he indicated that his wife was quite shaken up by the incident. He stated that this was not the first time that they had to face such despicable conduct.
“This sort of thing has happened before, but you try to ignore it and the ignorant people behind it; there are lots of very good people in Australia and only a few bad ones. God bless Stacey Eden who supported us.”
Mr Bhatti posted a thank-you to Eden on his Facebook page. stating the following.
“Stacey thanks again for your support for us on that day….I generally believe that you and many other Australian do respect all religions.”
Ms. Eden was scheduled to meet with the police regarding the incident, and detectives were trying to contact the Bhattis.
A Montreal woman was also subjected to a similar racist attack, according to an article in the Inquisitr.
Would you ever attempt to help someone who is being called racist slurs? What type of penalty, if any, do you think someone should receive who harasses another person on the basis of their race, color, national origin, or religion?
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