Perry Barr politician praises 2015 Bake Off winner for going public about her abuse and says women wearing a hijab offer a “more visible target” for such hatred.
Labour MP Khalid Mahmood has said women tend to be more susceptible to racial abuse than men, in the wake of Bake Off star Nadiya Hussain’s revelation that she has been physically and verbally attacked “for years.”
Ms. Hussain, who is Muslim and wears a hijab, said in an interview that she had come to expect abuse and it had become part of her life.
Mr. Mahmood, who is calling for people to report incidents of racist abuse, said: "We need more people to be aware of this [problem]. I think what Nadiya's done through doing this interview is making people aware that it does go on.
"I think that a woman who wears a hijab is a more visible target, and I think women tend to be more of a target for their gender.
"I would urge people not just to suffer in silence, but to report this.
"We need more people to be aware of this, I think what Nadiya's done through doing this interview is making people aware that it does go on.
"It's a very good thing she's spoken out, people might not always see this because it doesn't affect them as much, so for someone like her who is a national treasure to be saying this is really important."
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