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Muslim Mother ‘Treated Like A Terrorist’ By Bus Driver Demanding She Remove Veil

A driver for First Bus, traveling a route from the Easton area of Bristol, England to Bristol proper, verbally attacked a 20-year-old Muslim mother when she refused to take off her veil.

The young woman was wearing a niqab – a veil for the face that leaves the eye area clear. She was also traveling with her 2-month-old baby.

The driver told her to take it off and, upon her resistance, launched into a tirade claiming that she might be a terrorist. He said:

“I care because this world is dangerous. If you don’t see somebody’s face, that’s not good. In this time we live…”

A woman who was already situated on the bus recorded the incident on her phone. She stepped in to defend the woman along with another female rider.

They told the driver that wearing the niqab was the young mother’s choice. The woman behind the camera said she would report the incident to police as one of racism.

The other defender said:

“He is basically saying she might blow up the bus. That’s what he just said.”

When asked about the experience, the young mother described her humiliation:

“He said I was scary and I was dangerous, and he kept talking about it during the journey. He was insinuating I was going to bomb the bus.” 

“How is that possible, when I’ve got a baby with me? I get that he might not be from the country, so maybe he has never seen a person with a face veil.”

“But for him to treat me like that in a public place is wrong. I had my baby with me. I’ve been humiliated in public, and I’m disappointed. It’s 2018, we shouldn’t be like that. I’m being stereotyped.”

First Bus has since apologized. They said the driver in question has been reprimanded and expressed interest in meeting with the woman to apologize in person.

Twitter is outraged at the blatant racial profiling:

Many people believe the driver should be dismissed instead of reprimanded.

And others connected the hateful attitude to Boris Johnson’s recent burqa remark.

Watch the encounter here:

H/T: Daily MailIndy100

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Written by B Miller

Travel lover, dog Mom, Slytherin, future wifey.