Muslim woman verbally abused on Sydney train defended

24th Apr 2015

Elham Asaad Buaras

An Australian woman received worldwide praise after stepping in to aid a fellow passenger who was being Islamophobically abused.

Stacey Eden said she has been overwhelmed by the positive response to her video of the verbal attack on one of Sydney’s trains on her Facebook.

Unable to contain her anger at the middle-aged woman who had launched a vile verbal assault, the 23-year-old launched her own assault by defending the Muslim woman while filming the encounter on her mobile phone.

She then uploaded the incident on social media on April 15 evening.

It has since attracted almost 80,000 views and praise, including the couple she defended.

In one post on Eden’s Facebook page the victim’s husband thanks Eden adding: “I generally believe that you and many other Australians do respect all religions.”

To which Eden replied: “Hafeez Ahmed Bhatti thank you so much for contacting me.

“I wish I said more to you and your wife yesterday, but as I said when you got off the train, I’m very sorry you had to experience this. Please don’t let one woman’s ignorance change your opinions on Australia or the people who live here.

“I really hope your wife is OK, it must have been very confrontational and upsetting for you and her both. I wish nothing but the best for you both and your child.”

“So I sat there for a good 10 minutes before I started recording this while I listened to this woman bad mouth Muslims and call the lady sitting opposite me an ISIS supporter because she wore a scarf, then she told me to go join ISIS because I was sticking up for her,” Ms Eden from Mascot wrote on Facebook.

She then lists the recent attacks by the ISIS and made reference to the Martin Place siege in an attempt to justify her verbal assault.

But Eden steps in telling her that the killings have nothing to do with her or her husband.

“That is not her doing it,” she says in the video. “That is a minority of people. Not a majority of people OK?

“What’s that got to do with this poor lady? What’s that got to do with her?”

Eden also defended the Muslim woman’s dress “She wears it because she wants to be modest with her body not because of people like you who are going to sit there and disrespect her,” Eden says in the video.

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