Passenger stands up for Muslim woman being abused on Sydney train


A Sydney commuter who stood up for a Muslim couple that were subjected to a stream of vile abuse on a train has been praised for fighting religious vilification.

Stacey Eden, 23, was travelling on the Airport Line to her home in Mascot when she witnessed a middle-aged woman berating a Muslim passenger over her hijab and telling her that all Muslims were ISIS supporters.

Ms Eden did not hesitate to jump into the verbal stoush and record it on the woman's behalf, saying "She wears it because she wants to be modest with her body, not because of people like you who are going to sit there and disrespect her.".

The belligerent passenger then mentioned last year's Martin Place siege and the recent murder of more than 100 Christians in Kenya at the hands of ISIS.

"That is not her doing it. That is a minority of people. Not a majority of people okay? Ms Eden said.

"It doesn't matter what they're doing... Have some respect, have some respect.

"What's that got to do with this poor lady? What's that got to do with her?"

Ms Eden then told the woman to shut her mouth.

She said the woman and the couple then got off the train at Sydney International Airport.

While the majority of the unknown woman's rant was directed at the Muslim couple Ms Eden said she was not spared any of the abuse after stepping in.

"'She told me if I was in their country I would have been stoned to death because I was wearing a dress," she told the Daily Mail.

"She was saying a lot of things I just got to the point where I had heard enough."

Ms Eden has been praised by the Islamophobia Register Australia, which said they were "heartened by Stacey's actions".

"She is a reflection of 'Team Humanity' and we hope that her actions inspire others to stand up against racial or religious vilification," the group said.

A spokesman for the NSW Police said they encourage anyone who witnessed the tirade to report it and said they would likely conduct an investigation.


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