Man Pushes Woman Into A Moving Train In London

A woman wearing a hijab was waiting at the tube station when suddenly the man standing behind her shoves her onto an oncoming train.

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Posted 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.

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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.

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****.”

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