News won't show you thisPosted by Saghir Ahmed on Thursday, November 12, 2015
A man has reportedly been charged with attempted murder after he was arrested for trying to push a woman into the path of an oncoming train at Piccadilly Station in London.
British Transport Police said the incident was “shocking” and is now appealing for information, according to The Sun newspaper.
The woman escaped with grazes to her face before being taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for her injuries.
Although it hasn’t been mentioned or confirmed by the police or British newspapers, many believe it could be an Islamophobic hate crime.
Internet users sharing the CCTV footage of the incident claim the pensioner attacked the woman because she was wearing a hijab, a traditional veil used by Muslim women to cover the head and chest.
***Attempted Murder of a Hijabi Sister*** Sisters please be careful and go out in groups if you have to don't... https://t.co/Yi8rixuYSA— WOBBLER BUSTERS (@wobblerbusters) November 13, 2015
Imagine the mass hysteria if a Muslim man had pushed a woman in front of a train— hana (@hxnabe) November 12, 2015
MUSLIM WOMAN PUSHED TOWARDS A TRAIN BY A RACIST/ISLAMOPHOBE. ((ATTEMPTED MURDER)) LONDON UNDERGROUND. https://t.co/LRfPvk9AvN— RasAlGhul (@RasAlGhul321) November 12, 2015
Islamophobic crimes in London have risen by 70% in the past year, according to figures released by the Metropolitan Police in September.
Around 816 hate crimes against Muslims were recorded July 2014-July 2015, which is quite high when compared with 478 for the previous 12-month period. The cases reviewed include incidents of cyberbullying, assaults and extreme violence.
While the Met’s statistics didn’t include gender, Tell MAMA, a U.K.-based organization that monitors Islamophobic attacks, found 60% of the victims were women. Of them, women wearing a face veil were targets of more serious abuse.
Last month, a video from a London bus went viral on Facebook. It showed a black woman taunting Muslim passengers and calling them “ISIS b****.”