Strong against racism: Young woman stands up for Muslim family

Here is a 23-year-old girl who not only stood up against religious discrimination but also defended someone who was subjected to it.

Written by Aditi Malewar | New Delhi | Updated: April 17, 2015 4:35 pm
main-trends-759 (From left top) Hafeez Ahmed Bhatti; Stacey Eden (Source: Facebook)

Being Indians how well do we deal with racism? Here is a 23-year-old Australian girl who not only stood up against religious discrimination but also defended someone who was subjected to it.

This incident took place in Australia while Hafeez Ahmed Bhatti and his family were going to the Airport. The unknown lady allegedly called Hafeez’s wife an ISIS supporter, this enraged Stacey Eden who then jumped-in to defend the couple.

Stacey switched on her phone camera and recorded the conversation.

Stacey is heard saying, “She [Hafeez’s wife] wears it [hijab] because she wants to be modest with her body, not because of people like you who are going to sit there and disrespect her.”

Stacey posted the video on her Facebook account and got over 7.5 million views.

When Stacey took up for the couple, the unknown woman allegedly asked her to go join ISIS if she is sympathetic towards them.

Stacey and the woman are heard saying:

“That is not her doing it. That is a minority of people. Not a majority of people OK?”

“It doesn’t matter what they’re doing… Have some respect, have some respect.”

“It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. What’s that got to do with this poor lady? What’s that got to do with her?”

“Nothing,” the ranter replied.

“Exactly!” Stacey fired back.

“You’re the one who started the argument!” the woman said.

“No, you’re the one sitting there saying things under your breath, shut your mouth, simple.”

“You shut your mouth,” the woman replied.

“No, you shut your mouth. You’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything, simple.”

This incident sure had an effect on Hafeez and his family. He posted on his Facebook about the incident and received sympathetic as well as enraged replies.

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  1. Pulak
    Apr 20, 2015 at 4:44 pm
    Brain Dead Stacey...No wonder she is blonde...
    1. Albin Isaac George
      Apr 17, 2015 at 7:43 pm
      I support that old Australian lady who abused these stani-born ISIS sympathizers.
      1. K
        krishnanada kini
        Apr 17, 2015 at 4:41 pm
        Madam Stacey, the future problem of humanity is there will be too many Non Muslims to defend Muslims and too few Muslims to defend Non Muslims in case of need.
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          Dean T
          Apr 17, 2015 at 11:14 pm
          What a fantastically stupid article, obviously this on-line publication has very low journalistic standards to allow such charlatan journalist wannabe to write such ic nonsense. For start one should understand definition of the word if one is to write about the topic. Racism in the le is only meant to attract attention while it has nothing to do with actual incident. A person of different religion is not by definition necessary a person of different race. Presenting this as some kind of Islamophobic attack is both laughable and an insult to the reader’s intelligence. This type of articles and ideas behind them are created by fascists, and used by cowards in order to manite morons. Neither the “journalist” nor the alleged “victim” of the attack explained how is this racism. Calling this racism is just an attempt to impose some kind of guilt towards anyone who is not Muslim, as if an attack on a religion is an attack on an ethnic group or race. This is beginning to acquire the opprobrium that was once reserved for racial prejudice. It’s a subtle and very nasty insinuation that needs to be met head on, and anyone who condones this type of propaa should be ashamed of themselves. It will cost you nothing to pick up a book, or dictionary, or think with your own head and use logic, instead of hiding behind the safety of consensus and remain ignorant sheep.
          1. Rabi Sharma
            Apr 17, 2015 at 5:23 pm
            Humanism is the only idea that can justify a people's religiosity. Stacey, the brave Australian lady virtually took the bull by horns when she came to the rescue of a Muslim lady in hizb and her family from derision and scorn by a Christian woman. She has rekindled the hope that one need not any religious cloak to defend the modesty and dignity of a fellow being. The ghettos are fast being brought down to the dust for their irrelevance. The times to come are for humanism and compion.
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