British Muslim abused by a thug on a train who said she would ‘bomb’ the carriage was rescued by fellow passengers who stepped in to defend her
- Ruhi Rehman, 23, was on Metro when thug launched vicious verbal assault
- He said she would ‘bomb’ the train and to get off as ‘this is my country’
- But fellow commuters defended Ms Rehman before forcing him off the train
- Hate crimes against Muslims have soared by 275% since Paris attacks
A British Muslim woman who was abused by a thug on a train who said she would ‘bomb’ it has thanked the passengers who stepped in to defend her.
Ruhi Rehman, 23, was left terrified after the yob launched an unprovoked and vicious verbal attack on her as she and her sister sat on the Metro in Newcastle on Saturday evening.
The man told fellow passengers that Ms Rehman, who is from Newcastle and has lived in Britain all her life, that she should ‘get up out of that seat’ because ‘this is my country’.
But fellow travellers, many of them football fans, were disgusted by the man’s behaviour and rushed to Ms Rehman’s rescue, demanding he leave her alone before forcing him off the Metro.
As he left the train the passengers cheered and clapped.
Ms Rehman has now thanked those who helped saying: ‘It was the true Geordie spirit that shone through. They were my angels that day and I can’t thank them enough.’
But Ms Rehman is far from alone – the number of hate crimes against Muslims has soared by almost 275 per cent since the Paris attacks according to figures from a group which monitors Islamophobia.
The majority of the victims are young, Muslim women wearing hijabs, just like Ms Rehman.
She and her sister had been travelling between Newcastle and Whitley Bay on Saturday when they were approached by the man on the busy train.
‘He shouted “get up out of that seat” at me,’ said Ms Rehman. ‘I was shocked at first as I didn’t really know what was happening.
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