‘Take your bloody veil off’

A 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. 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.

Asian Image, 7 November 2007