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Woman Beaten and Taunted as she Wore Hijab

What motivated this young mother, only 23 to have a violent reaction to a woman wearing the hijab:

Woman beaten and taunted as she wore hijab

A young Muslim student was punched in the face and racially taunted as she walked down a Dublin street wearing a head scarf.

A Dublin mother (23) has been convicted for assaulting the young Libyan, who was rescued by a passing motorist who stopped and helped her home.

Helen Doran’s victim was wearing a traditional Muslim hijab or head scarf. Doran followed her across a road after assaulting her and continued to shout racist insults at her.

Doran, of Castlecurragh Vale in Mulhuddart, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to assaulting a 20-year-old Libyan student on November 2 last year.

Judge Anthony Halpin sentenced Doran to three months in prison, suspended for one year.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the victim was walking along Castlecurragh Road when two men and a woman approached her.

The victim had just attended a FAS course and was putting credit into her mobile phone.

The sergeant said the woman was wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf, and Doran and her accomplices started taunting her.

The court heard one of the men grabbed the woman’s mobile phone and Doran punched her in the face.

Sgt Callaghan said Doran repeatedly shouted racist slurs at the woman, who crossed the road to get away from her attacker.

However, Doran followed her across the road and continued to shout racist insults at her.

Sgt Callaghan said a motorist stopped and helped the victim, who later reported the matter to gardai.

Ashamed

Defence solicitor John O’Doherty said Doran, a married mum of one, had been drinking heavily and was on tablets.

Mr O’Doherty said Doran was completely ashamed of her behaviour and had never been in this kind of trouble before. He said she was under the influence of one of her accomplices at the time, and he is also before the courts.

Judge Halpin said Doran frightened the young woman and made her feel like a lesser person. He gave her a three- month suspended sentence.

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- Eimear Cotter

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  • Steve

    “If you want your opinion to be taken seriously then you do”

    No you don’t. It is the opinion of many people that the koran is the word of god yet there is no provable fact to support that. Should the opinion of those people not be taken seriously?

  • Zakariya Ali Sher

    Steve, you can disagree with Islam all you want. Or Christianity, or Judaism, or Hinduism, or Buddhism, or Sikhism, or Wicca, or whatever. But when people start using inflamatory language like ‘wiping out’ an entire faith. Well… How would you react if you heard someone claiming “Judaism needs to be wiped out.” Is your first reaction to claim its valid freedom of speech, or does your mind immediately think of the Shoah?

  • http://thepenofawanderingstranger.com/personal/ Jack Cope

    You don’t need facts to state an opinion. There isn’t a single provable fact which supports the koran as the word of a god either.”

    If you want your opinion to be taken seriously then you do. Else all you have is hearsay and bullshite. I can claim the sky is green or the Earth is flat, but without facts that just makes me a loony since the facts prove otherwise (unless you are colourblind for the former I guess…). Similarly, claiming that ‘Islam is essentially evil’ without facts is bullshite.

    The Quran doesn’t come into it, nor should it since it is a mater of personal faith. Don’t drag this off track with statements that have no bearing on what you say, if you wish to make a point then back it up. Otherwise don’t bother making it. I tire of people commenting with vaguely veiled comments such as the ones you are making, get some balls and back up what you say.

  • Steve

    “Yet a legitimate opinion must be based upon facts, not hearsay or propaganda. Please show me the facts for Islam being ‘essentially evil”

    You don’t need facts to state an opinion. There isn’t a single provable fact which supports the koran as the word of a god either.

  • http://thepenofawanderingstranger.com/personal/ Jack Cope

    AW;

    It is rather typical that when faced with one set of data that refutes your arguments you pick up on a single word and go off on a tangent. Do you agree that your first statement is, in a word, bullshite? If not be a man and damn well defend it!

  • http://thepenofawanderingstranger.com/personal/ Jack Cope

    “identifying muslims as the enemy of mankind is ridiculous but to state islam is essentially evil and must be wiped out is as legitimate an opinion as saying islam is the embodiment of goodness and must be propagated.”

    Yet a legitimate opinion must be based upon facts, not hearsay or propaganda. Please show me the facts for Islam being ‘essentially evil’.

  • Steve

    “identifying ALL Muslims as the “enemy of Mankind” or saying that Islam is essentially evil and must be wiped out – is not an opinion, it is a crime”

    identifying muslims as the enemy of mankind is ridiculous but to state islam is essentially evil and must be wiped out is as legitimate an opinion as saying islam is the embodiment of goodness and must be propagated.

  • Christian-friend

    @GW well you’re right, but how about if you go to a mosque in Minnesota and you shall see how they condemned 9/11

  • Christian-friend

    @well you’re right, but how about if you go to a mosque in Minnesota and you shall see how they condemned 9/11

  • GW

    Christian-friend,

    These are the actions perpetuated under you friend the ayatollah. You trust a man who allows and encourages this type of mistreatment occur to his own populace?

    http://www.uri.edu/artsci/wms/hughes/mhviran.htm

  • Black Infidel

    @Can’t stop laughing at ‘em: It seems the woman in the image is the one that did the attacking.

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 16.69

    Tarig
    There are none so blind as those who do not wish to see nor none so deaf as those who do not wish to hear .

  • Christian-friend

    @GW, Even the Ayallotah harshly condemned the 9/11 attacks, you’re just too ignorant to look for it.

  • tarig

    GW, your bringing up moot points that have already been dispelled on this very site! For the record, the former is by far and away thousands of time higher, don’t believe me?

    http://www.loonwatch.com/2011/12/the-greater-islamophobia-bombing-invading-and-occupying-muslim-lands-i/

    As for Muslims condemning terrorism, to claim that we don’t proves that you haven’t even attempted to look in to it, and instead simply accepted on face value the statements of ignorant bigots, here’s a statement from 150 Muslim leaders from a single city in the UK:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/west_midlands/5111092.stm

    There are tons of condemnations, from tons of Islamic leaders from all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Iran and Afghanistan, but you don’t care for truth so you won’t attempt to discover it!

  • GW

    Abdulmajiid,

    If it should be a crime to identify Muslims as “the enemy of mankind”, should it not also be a crime for the multitude of Imams and Mullahs who preach about the hatred of non-muslims and even call for their death? If so why haven’t the so-called moderate muslims spoken-out against this?

    Where is the outrage over these acts:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17333275

    http://www.starafrica.com/en/news/detail-news/view/gunmen-kill-three-near-nigerian-flashpoi-222273.html

    I would like to see a body count of death from Islamophobia v. death by Islamists. Care to wager the latter is thousands of time higher than the former?

  • Can’t stop laughing at ‘em

    Ignorance leads to fear.

    Is she wearing a hoody Hijab?

  • Abdulmajid

    I do not look down on non-Muslims and most of my brethren don’t either. I’m not demanding of the non-Muslims to like us or even to love us. Let them think of us what they want. But Islamophobia – identifying ALL Muslims as the “enemy of Mankind” or saying that Islam is essentially evil and must be wiped out – is not an opinion, it is a crime. Who expresses such an opinion does not exercise his right of free speech but is a CRIMINAL. Even if he himself does not get blood of Muslims on his hands. Then somebody else will do it for him. Needless to say, I have no sympathy whatsoever for such people and I do not value nor wish their friendship.
    It is high time not only the physical but also the intellectual authors of the crime of Islamophobia were brought to justice, given their richly deserved punishment and retired from circulation – that is, banned from any political participation.

  • mindy1

    Oh FFS, people get so dumb sometimes-where does it come from

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GargamelGold?feature=mhee CriticalDragon1177

    @Dinokaiser

    People like Helen Doran shouldn’t be ignored because they illustrate a much larger problem unfortunately.

    Still I would like to hear more about the Motorist who helped the young lady Doran attacked. You’re right, he was a hero. He may well have saved her life.

  • Dinokaiser

    Honestly, I don’t care about this stupid woman, she’s a mother and she should have known better then to act the way she did (that involves drinking heavily when she happens to have a kid).

    There should be more focus on the motorist who saved the young lady, the guy is a hero! People who actually do good deeds deserve getting more media attention than stupid people like her.

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