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Man punches, stomps on pregnant Muslim woman in Sydney cafe


43-year-old attacker punched woman 14 times after racist slurs


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November 22/23, 2019 "Information Clearing House" - A pregnant 31-year-old Muslim woman wearing a headscarf was injured in an Islamophobic attack in Sydney, Australia.

Rana Elasmar, was punched and kicked by 43-year-old resident Stipe Lozina, while she was sitting in a cafe with her friends, who were also wearing headscarves, New South Wales Police department said on Thursday.

Lozina used racist slurs at the victim and was remanded into custody,  was refused bail to next appear on December 5.

Elasmar was discharged from the hospital after treatment.

Ms Elasmar said she had experienced verbal abuse and hate in the past but never thought “physical abuse of this nature could happen to me”.

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The verbal abuse was “already too much,” a feeling which Ms Elasmar said the Islamic community shares.

“It is NOT ok. How somebody feels like they have the right to abuse another human being baffles me. It shows a lack of humanity. It shows weakness,” she said.

The man who attacked her “verbalised his hatred of Muslims prior to hitting me” but “he neither knows me, nor my religion,” she said.

“I do not want this attack to happen to anyone ever again. I want to see a world where people defend one another against cowardly acts like this and band together to protect the victims.

“We cannot allow behaviour like this to become the norm and sit silent.”

Ms Elasmar also thanked her friends and the members of the public who helped her.

“The overwhelming support I have received is a reflection that this was a story that many can relate to,” she wrote on Facebook.

“We are mothers, wives, daughters and we deserve to feel safe wherever we go. We deserve a night out to unwind without being fearful of an attack like this happening again.

“I fear for the world our children will grow up in, if this issue is not addressed.

“I call all Australians, Muslim or non-muslims, of all faiths and cultures to come together, as you have already done for me, and voice your solidarity in protecting innocent people from any future racial/religious attacks.”

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