A Muslim woman has told a court that she was forced to cover her face in a hijab after being harassed by a man at a train station.
Sajida Javed, a 20-year-old student at Leeds University, was waiting for a train in Leeds in February when a man in a car approached her.
The man asked her to put her hand on his crotch, but she refused, Javed said.
She then asked the man to leave, and he continued to ask her questions.
Eventually, he asked Javed what was in her backpack, and she told him that it contained a backpack containing a mobile phone, Jave told the Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
The court heard that when Javed turned to walk away from the car, the man pushed her down and pushed her back.
He then pushed her into the car.
Javed said she felt a strong jolt of pain and thought she was going to faint.
Jave said she asked her friend to come to her side, but was pushed back to the car by the man.
The judge said that while she had “no choice” but to cover up, Javes was “not at fault”.
She said: “No one should be able to intimidate you, harass you, bully you.
You are a vulnerable person and the offender is entitled to your respect and dignity.”
Javed told the court that the incident had not changed her view of Islam.
She said that she did not believe that her hijab was mandatory, and that she had received support from friends and family.
She also said that the perpetrator had told her he was not Muslim, and did not think she would be.
Jafsad said she did “not feel unsafe” after the incident.
She added: “I was not scared of anyone.
I didn’t feel afraid at all.”