Muslim schoolgirl in hijab films racist woman telling her 'move away'

Muslim schoolgirl, 16, in hijab films racist woman telling her ‘move away’ from her south London home of 12 years because she’s a ‘problem in the community’

  • Lareb Naseem posted the video of her sister being verbally abused in Croydon 
  • Girl faced a torrent of abuse from racist woman while she tried to get to college 
  • Woman tells the teenager in the clip that she is a ‘problem to her community’ 

This is the moment a 16-year-old Muslim girl wearing a hijab was told to leave her hometown by a racist woman who branded her a ‘problem to her community’.

The video filmed in Croydon, South London, shows the girl being verbally abused by the woman because she was wearing an Islamic head covering.    

The girl’s sister Lareb Naseem posted the disturbing footage to Twitter, and it has already got 9,200 likes, 4,300 retweets and 1,000 comments.

Ms Naseem said it was ‘heartbreaking’ for this to happen in their hometown.

She wrote: ‘It hasn’t even been a week. I can’t even believe it. You really can’t make it up. We’ve lived in Croydon for over 12 years. Lived in England since 1995. 

The girl’s sister Lareb Naseem (pictured) posted the disturbing footage to Twitter

‘I’m stumped. This is my 16-year-old sister minding her damn business trying to commute to college like she’s done every day.’

In the video of the abuse, the abuser’s face cannot be seen. But she is heard saying: ‘You need to move away from your house you need to move away from the area.’

‘What have I done?’ the teenager replied. The aggressor added: ‘Do you understand you are a problem in the community. You have caused a problem.’

The teen said back: ‘Me personally? Are you talking about me being a hijabi? I’m a problem in the community for living my own life and minding my own business?’

The video has caused outrage online and comments have flooded in blasting the woman responsible. 


The clip filmed in Croydon, South London, shows the girl being verbally abused by the woman

Labour MEP Seb Dance tweeted: ‘I am so sorry your sister had to be put through that’

Labour MEP Seb Dance tweeted: ‘I am so sorry your sister had to be put through that. What an appalling human being (and you are right – those shoes are). You must report it, there cannot be any tolerance of this.’

Miss Naseem wrote to Steve Reed, MP for Croydon North: ‘How and where do I report this case regarding this horrible person with her disgusting taste in shoes?’

Tell Mama, which supports Islamophobia victims, wrote: ‘Sorry to hear this happened to your sister Naseem, solidarity with you and your sister. We are here to assist.’

One Twitter user said: ‘I’m so sorry this has happened. I’m a Croydon resident and I’d never thought this kind of horrible behaviour would rear its ugly head here. I’m so worried about the future of this country.’

Another added: ‘Your sister stood up for herself so well. Tell her how many of us are behind her.’

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