Ruhi Rehman, 23, from Newcastle, was travelling on the Metro when a man approached and demanded she get off the train.
Man attacked Muslim woman on the train, other passengers forced him out of the carriage
A Muslim woman was racially attacked by a thug who shouted she was going to ‘bomb the train’.
She was sitting quietly with her sister, but the man wouldn’t leave them alone he kept saying it was ‘my country’ – and even accused her of plotting a bomb threat. Metro UK reports.
Travellers on the train from Newcastle to Whitley Bay, many of them football fans, were disgusted by the man’s behaviour and rushed to Ruhi’s defence, demanding he leave her alone before forcing him off the Metro.
As he left the train in shame, other passengers cheered and clapped.
Ms Rehman has thanked her fellow Geordies for sticking up for her.
Ruhi, of Newcastle, today thanked those who helped saying: ‘It was the true Geordie spirit that shone through. ‘
She explained the moment other commuters stepped in to defend her: ‘He was then saying stuff like “this is my country” and my sister told him we were born here and it was our country too.
‘It was then the other passengers started getting involved, telling him to leave us alone. Then he said to them “what, do you want her to bomb this train?”
A group of men demanded the man leave the Metro at the next station, telling him he was not welcome.
Here’s an onlooker’s account of the incident – warning, it contains strong language:
Ruhi added: ‘There was no violence or anything, they just made it clear he had to leave.'
Ms Rehman admitted feeling a bit paranoid of anti-Muslim hate crimes since the Paris attacks.
But she said the encounter on the train made her feel ‘really optimistic and hopeful’.
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