These Muslim women didn’t expect this when they were abused on a train
Two Muslim women have told an amazing story of what happened when they were at the receiving end of some abuse on board a train.
The women were on board a Metro in Newcastle upon Tyne, when a boy came up to them, demanding that they give up their seats so he could sit down.
He said: “Get out of this seat now. This is my country.”
Later in the exchange, the boy apparently announced to the train carriage that the two women were a threat, and that they could blow up the train.
Ruhi Rahman, 23, told her story on Facebook, which has been verified by other passengers on the Metro.
She said the teen also said: “You’re bombing different countries and don’t deserve to be here or in this country.”
As well as describing all other passengers on the train as “angels”, she said they all sprung to her defence.
Rahman said the boy was eventually told to get off the train by one of their defenders.
“Before I even got a chance to react to his comments the women beside me supported me and helped. After a while most of the people on the Metro came over and spoke up for us and were being so supportive,” Rahman wrote.
She added: “Also they even told the man to get off the Metro.”
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Rahman said she was so shocked by the positive response, but that the incident had left others in tears, upset by the altercation.
The police, and operators of the Metro have responded, showing the incident has been reported, and that it is being taken serously.
Sharon Kelly, managing director of DB Regio Tyne and Wearthe operator of the Metro, said: “We urge anyone with information about this incident to contact the police.The safety of our passengers is paramount. Incidents of this nature are rare on Metro and they will not be tolerated.
“A police investigation is now under way and we will work with them to help trace the culprit. This will include reviewing any available CCTV footage.”
Inspector Ian King, from Northumbria police’s Metro unit, added: “We have received a report of an alleged racist incident happening on a Metro train at around 4.45pm on Saturday. Northumbria police take a hard stance against any form of attack on any minority group or individual and officers will be investigating this report.”
Rahman later posted thanking others for their support.
Earlier today PinkNews shared a story about a gay man in the US, who was abused for having Arabic writing on his Grindr profile.