A Muslim teenager accused of lying to police about being racially abused by three drunk Trump supporters on a Manhattan train appeared in court with a shaved head – an apparent punishment ordered by her Egyptian parents for bringing shame to their family.
From Daily Mail
The 18-year-old claimed she was singled out by hate-spewing Trump supporters on December 1 who branded her a ‘terrorist’ and tried to rip off her hijab when she boarded a subway on her way home from college.
She shared details of the ordeal on Facebook and won the support of other social media users.
Days after reporting the crime, Seweid went missing, sparking a missing person’s appeal and another large police effort.
Sources say she made up the elaborate story to cover up for the fact she had been out drinking late with friends.
Her parents ordered her to shave her head as punishment for the scandal. They are also said to disapprove of her Christian boyfriend, The New York Daily News reports.
Among those to support her in court on Wednesday was Seweid’s older brother Abdoul who was himself arrested in 2012 for lying to police.
He claimed he had been assaulted but was later charged among other teenagers with breaking into cars to steal their valuable contents near their home in New Hyde Park.
Seweid, who is a business major at New York’s Baruch College, initially told police she was harassed by three men when she got on the No. 6 train at the 23rd Street station in Manhattan on December 1.
She claimed the drunken white men taunted her, telling her ‘you don’t belong here’ and referred to her hijab as a ‘rag.’
Seweid also reported that one of the men grabbed her bag, breaking the strap, and another tried to take off her hijab before she fled the train at Grand Central Station to try and flag down police.
She posted about the ‘traumatizing’ ordeal on Facebook and it quickly went viral.
‘No matter how ‘cultured’ or ‘Americanized’ I am, these people don’t see me as an American,’ she wrote.
‘It breaks my heart that so many individuals chose to be bystanders while watching me get harassed verbally and physically by these disgusting pigs.’
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