A 27-year-old lady has been arrested following an alleged racist attack on a Muslim woman in Huntly, New Zealand, which was caught on video. Mehpara Khan, 28, a communications consultant, and her four friends were returning to Auckland from a road trip when they stopped in Huntly to use the bathroom and were abused by a woman walking by.
The woman also threw beer cans at them. Khan posted the video of the incident on social media. The New Zealand Herald reports that the police has taken a woman in custody following yesterday’s incident. She is facing charges of assault, assault with a weapon and using offensive language. She will be produced in Hamilton District Court tomorrow. The police said that after being provided with video evidence, staff “acted quickly” to make an arrest.
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“Complaints such as these will always be thoroughly investigated by police, and victims should not hesitate to report incidents to us,” said Waikato West Area Commander, Inspector Naila Hassan.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Bill English said that he hasn’t seen all the details, but if the incident is as described then it’s a terrible thing. He said that it shouldn’t happen, adding anyone should feel safe in New Zealand.