18-year-old Aniso Abulkadir was waiting for the Tube at Baker Street station, London as she headed home with friends after a night out when a man approached and aggresively attempted to remove her headscarf. The suspect, described as 6″2 and white, hit her when he was unsuccessful and was with a woman who was also verbally abusive and supported his actions.
A friend of Aniso recounted what happened, saying the man said “Show me your hair!” and tried to pull it off. ‘It’s the worst thing that could happen to have it removed, she chooses to wear it and it’s for her own reasons. It’s stripping her of her dignity to do that,’ she added.
Another friend at the scene of the attack described how the thug turned on her after she called him racist for his behaviour.
“He almost pinned me up against the wall so I couldn’t move then spat in my face. I tried to get help but the cleaner nearby ignored me. Everyone else on the platform ignored us and didn’t try to help. I was trembling but I managed to take a picture, we didn’t want to show them our fear but obviously afterwards we were shaking. It’s quite a lot for an 18-year-old to go through something like this, we were just trying to get home. All our families were worried about us as we missed the last train back because of it,” she said.
British Transport Police say they have launched an investigation and are describing the incident as a suspected hate crime. A spokesman said:
“Behaviour like this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This incident has been reported to is and we’re investigating. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police.”