DTT: This may come as a surprise for some people, but unfortunately is a reality. There are areas in the UK where minorities, Muslims would not be welcome. Having people stare at you, is one thing, but individuals trying to attack you for what you’re wearing or following a religious faith should be condemned and those guilty should be sent prison. The government need to be more tough on crimes against minority groups. I can vouch that Braunstone has always been a hotbed full of racists. I remember as a child when we used to hear the name Braunstone, we used to tell our friends not go there as they would be attacked. Brown-skinned
The Leicester Mercury report:
Muslim women who wear a full veil say there are no-go areas in Leicester which they feel frightened to visit – even in a car.
They claim they are subjected to abuse every day and that it is getting increasingly difficult to avoid such incidents in the city centre.
The revelations are contained in a new book by two criminology lecturers at the University of Leicester.
More than 100 Leicester-based Muslim women were interviewed over a 12-month period for the book, called Islamophobia, Victimisation and the Veil.
One woman who took part in the study told the Mercury: “People feel free to have a pop at us every day.
“They swear, stare, spit and tell us to go home. They call us terrorists.”
The woman, who did not want to be named, said: “There are areas in Leicester we don’t go to, even in a car.
“It is also becoming more difficult to wear the niqab in the city centre. I don’t go in any more unless I really have to.”
A niqab is a veil which covers part or most of the wearer’s face, leaving the eyes visible.
The woman added: “I am as British as anyone. We follow the football and the tennis at home. My boys try to make a joke of it calling me ‘Ninja mum’.
“We had thought that if we ignore it, it would go away. It hasn’t.”
The book was written by Dr Irene Zempi and Neil Chakraborti.
Dr Zempi wore a niqab for a month to understand what her interviewees experienced.
“Attitudes to me changed over night,” she said. “People were abusive and threatening, and where previously shop assistants were friendly, they simply ignored me.
“I did not want to go out and I became depressed.”
She added: “The level of abuse that participants faced depended upon whether they were in their local community or whether they were leaving their ‘comfort zone’.
“Some participants referred to ‘no-go zones’ for Muslims in Leicester such as the traditionally white areas of Braunstone, Beaumont Leys, Saffron Lane, New Parks, Hamilton and even Leicester city centre.”
Many of the women interviewed said they had moved to the city in the belief that Leicester would provide a better life for them and their families.
However, one woman said she had tea thrown at her and another said she was elbowed in the stomach when pregnant.
“When I was a student in Leicester 25 years ago we were told to avoid those areas which have been mentioned if we had a brown skin. The veil and the head scarf were very rare then.
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DTT: We always hear about Muslim non-go-zones in UK and other parts of Europe. Where is the outrage about this? Why havent big mainstream media reported this?
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