En muslimsk hijabkledd jente på 18 år er blitt bøtelagt for å løyet til politiet om å ha blitt slått i ansiktet. Hun mente at hun ble angrepet fordi hun var iført hijab. Angrepet skal ha funnet sted i Birmingham sentrum den 23. november, kort tid etter terrorangrepet i Paris. Hun sa hun var blitt redd for å gå alene i sentrum etter det påståtte angrepet.
‘I feel shocked and really scared that someone could attack you for no reason. I don’t feel safe at all now. I was walking to the train station to meet some friends when someone shoved me from behind. When I turned around he punched me in the face and then just went off. I was really upset afterwards. I can only think it was because he saw my hijab as he didn’t take my bag or anything.
I’ve lived in Birmingham all my life and I’ve never experienced something like this before. It’s made life harder for innocent Muslims. We don’t want people to be killed, that’s not our religion. Our religion is all about peace. My parents are so scared that they’re telling me to take my hijab off. My mum’s telling me to wear a hat instead.’
Det var bare en liten hake ved det hele. Britiske byer, selv småbyer, har overvåkningskameraer overalt. Politiet eskorterte Frøken Choudhury til åstedet for «angrepet». Deretter brukte de timesvis på å gå igjennom overvåkningsfilm fra stedet. På overvåkningskameraer blir hun sett rolig vandrende i New Street, og det påståtte angrepet var fullstendig fraværende. West Midlands Police ga henne en bot på nitti pund for å ha kastet bort politiets tid.
Superintendent Andy Parsons, from West Midlands Police, said: ‘Detectives spent countless hours looking through footage from the network of city centre CCTV cameras in a bid to piece together what happened.
«The footage shows her walking normally along New Street and at no stage does she appear in distress or seen reacting to anything. There is no evidence she was physically assaulted and she was given a penalty notice for wasting police time. Hate crimes are taken very seriously.»
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