“An assault like this has a massive effect on the victim,” Detective Senior Constable Michael Potter was quoted by 9News on Monday, September 29.
“It’s totally unacceptable.”
Last Thursday, September 25, a 26-year-old Muslims woman was taking a Melbourne train before falling victim to a deplorable attack.
Standing close to the door, the victim was approached by a woman who verbally assaulted her, shouted racial comments before bashing her head into the wall.
“The unknown woman then grabbed the victim by the neck and hair and pushed her head into the wall of the carriage a number of times,” a Victorian police spokesperson told the Daily Mail.
“The offender then pushed the victim off the train as it stopped at the station.”
The offender was identified as Caucasian woman, 177cm tall, “solid build with short brown hair and light-colored eyebrows”, according to the police.
Reviewing the CCTV footage, police revealed the attacker was wearing baggy jeans, a puffy black hooded top and runners.
The racial attack followed calls by the Australian police to report Islamophobic attacks, in a bid to help Muslims regain trust in the police.
Muslims, who have been in Australia for more than 200 years, make up 1.7 percent of its 20-million population.
In post 9/11-era, Australian Muslims have been haunted with suspicion and have had their patriotism questioned.
The anti-Muslim sentiments further increased following last week’s anti-terror raids, deemed the biggest in Australian history, in which 15 people were arrested from north-western Sydney.
The raids were followed by a huge number of anti-Muslim attacks, including a mosque being defaced in Queensland and direct threats issued against the Grand Mufti of Australia.