Muslim woman, 20, says she was left ‘humiliated’ when a Bristol bus driver told her to remove her veil because he ‘didn’t know what she was capable of’ if he couldn’t see her face. As a result, the driver was investigated by police for a hate crime.
This happened in July 2018, does anyone know the outcome of this police investigation?
Daily Mail The young Muslim mother claims she was ‘treated like a terrorist’ after a bus driver demanded she removed her face veil over safety fears. The 20-year-old was ‘humiliated’ when the First Bus driver in Bristol launched into a tirade against her as soon as she boarded with her two-month-old baby.
The woman barely managed to ask the driver for a ticket before he began a rant against her for wearing a niqab, the veil that leaves the area around the eyes clear. The driver asked her to remove the niqab, saying ‘the world is dangerous’ and it was ‘not good’ that he could not see her face.
The victim, who has asked not to be named, said she has been left feeling ‘horrible and disappointed’ after the driver ‘made me out to be a terrorist’. She said: ‘He said I was scary and I was dangerous, and he kept talking about it during the journey. He was insinuating I was going to bomb the bus. (Not an unreasonable assumption)
One witness, a Muslim wearing a hijab, confronted the driver, saying: ‘I don’t understand why you care how she’s dressed. It’s her choice what she wears.’ The driver responded: ‘I care because this world is dangerous. If you don’t see somebody’s face, that’s not good. In this time we live… we should see our faces.’
A spokesman for (the sharia-compliant) First Bus company said: ‘We would like to fully and unreservedly apologise to the customer for the distress caused when one of our drivers expressed his personal opinions.’We’ve also helped the police with their enquiries and we are arranging a meeting with the customer to
apologise grovel in person and discuss matters in more detail.’
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: ‘We are investigating a report of a hate crime that occurred on a number 24 bus in Bristol on July 1 at about 12.40pm.
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