UK Muslim ‘Bake-Off’ star urged by British police to report a man who didn’t want to sit next to her on a train because she’s a Muslim.
Breitbart (h/t Susan K) Choosing not to sit next to someone on public transport could now be a hate crime, the British police have confirmed – if that person happens to be a Muslim.
The British Transport Police have urged the winner of last year’s Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain, to come forward to them with more information after she tweeted that a man had refused to sit next to her on public transport.
@BegumNadiya Hi Nadiya, this behaviour is unacceptable – please get in touch by texting 61016 or calling 0800 405040 with more details.
According to Hussain the man said: “I ain’t sitting near a Muslim.” Hussain called the comment “ignorant”.
But the British Transport Police took a different line, saying the man’s behaviour was “unacceptable”, and confirming that they would treat it as a hate crime.
The starbaker received torrents of online abuse in the immediate aftermath of picking up the title because she is a Muslim.
They have encouraged Hussain, and others with similar experiences, to come forward and report such incidents as hate crimes so that they can investigate. A spokesman for the British Transport Police told Breitbart London: “Firstly we’d need to speak to Nadiya and ascertain exactly what was said, and then our officers can investigate the circumstances based on that. At the moment all we have is that tweet.
If it were proved that the person had said they didn’t want to sit next to her and had moved away, the spokesman said: “We would provide that evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service and they would make a judgement based on the evidence that has been supplied to them.”