Hate wave hits Muslim women in Australia

Muslim women in Australia are enduring a rising wave of violence and intimidation. Women wearing headscarfs have been spat on, sworn at and assaulted while hate graffiti such as “Kill Muslims” and “Muslims Out” has appeared in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. In the past two weeks, two Muslim women have been attacked in daylight.

In one, a milkshake was hurled at a Muslim woman as she waited at a Sydney Rd tram stop with her three children. In the other a man swerved at a Muslim woman and shouted: “F— off terrorist” while she was crossing the road carrying her baby. There are also reports of Muslim girls being spat at and abused by drivers.

Herald Sun, 21 October 2005