I found this shocking...especially in my home town...
does this thing still go on...
[b] "Take your bloody veil off" [/b]
Thursday, 08 November 2007
Veiled woman by her carA Muslim woman says she is scared to venture out after being ordered to take off her veil in a terrifying ordeal.
Kauser Bibi was in Oldham Town Centre when she says a man began following her and asking her to take off her veil.
"I had just been to the Halifax bank when this guy started shouting 'Oi' at me. I just carried on walking and ignored him at first. Lots of people were there watching and no-one seemed to notice what was going on.
"He followed me and started shouting at me. I walked towards my car but then things got ugly.
"He kept saying Take your bloody veil off - I want to see your face'. He stood in front of my car and then when I tried to reverse started kicking my car. He was really kicking the car door really hard."
"He was abusing me and saying all sorts of other things.
"I was crying and was so upset and panicked. I didn't know what to do.
Kauser of Blackburn who was in Oldham visiting her relatives says that passers-by then intervened and tried to pull him away but he wouldn't listen to them.
"I called the police from my phone but even when they arrived he still kept saying, 'I want her to take off her veil.' "I was still crying and in shock when I got to the police station.
"I am so glad my car was near by. I dread to think what would have happened if my car was parked further away."
"I go out everywhere and this is the first time anything like this has happened to me."
Her sister-in-law Ruksana Calisir said Kauser didn't even tell her family about the incident until days later.
"I was so angry when I heard about it. She seemed to think there some sort of shame in telling us.
"She is a very strong person and nothing seems to bother her but this incident has left her in total shock.
"She is absolutely petrified and doesn't want to go out at all now. She is such a good and kind-hearted person I am absolutely disgusted someone would put her through this.
"People need to know that incidents like these take place and if they are not reported then people will get away with it."
Police said a 50-year-old man from Oldham was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated damage to a vehicle and was bailed, pending further inquiries.
Source: Asian Image