The comment? Something to the effect that it must be difficult to see. Gee, punching and headbutting just might be overreacting a bit. From Reuters:
LONDON (Reuters) – A man,whose wife made a passing comment about a Muslim woman’s full face veil, suffered a broken nose and lost his front teeth after being attacked and headbutted by the woman’s partner, police said on Sunday.
The victim, a 46-year-old white man, was walking through Regent’s Park with his wife, son and daughter when they passed another family, a Muslim man and his wife who was pushing a baby in a pushchair.
“The victim’s wife made a comment directed to her husband that she thought it must be difficult for the woman wearing the veil to see out of it as it covered her face,” a police spokesman said.
“The suspect began shouting and returned approximately 10 minutes later on his own and repeatedly punched and headbutted the victim.”
The man was taken to hospital, suffering from facial injuries including a broken nose and a black eye, but was discharged later in the day.
The police spokesman said the suspect was about 35-years-old and of Middle Eastern appearance and that they were treating the incident as a racially-motivated assault.
The attack occurred in mid-November but police were only alerted to the incident last week. News of it comes amid a heated debate about Muslim veils in Britain which politicians say hinder social integration.
Muslims say the constant focus on the veil is divisive and is alienating their community.
Some groups accuse the government of running an Islamophobic agenda since last year’s suicide bomb attacks on London’s transport network by four British Islamists.
Speaking of overreacting a bit:
“It is like open season against Muslims in this country,” Ahmed Versi, editor of the Muslim News newspaper told Reuters this week.