A Muslim woman who screamed abuse at Pride goers in London, UK, this summer has pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words to cause alarm.
In return, a judge yesterday sentenced her to three months in prison, suspended for 12 months. She must also pay nine people £100 ($123) each in compensation and attend anger management training. She will avoid jail if she manages to keep out of trouble.
The incident took place on July, 27, in the east London borough of Waltham Forest.
Disgusting homophobic abuse at those on Waltham Forest Pride today.
No matter what form hate comes in, we must stamp it out and say no to all forms of hate! Also, very importantly we cannot call out one form of hate but be silent/complicit on others. @GalopUK @stonewalluk pic.twitter.com/kDAFoAb8Vw
— Yusuf Patel (@YusufJP_) July 27, 2019
The district was holding its first Pride parade. The woman in question, Jamila Choudhury, 38, of Folkestone Road, Walthamstow, was at work as a receptionist at the Blue Leaf Cupping Clinic on the local main street when the Pride parade walked past.
Furious at what she saw, Choudhury, wearing a niqab, ran outside to start shouting, “Shame at you” at several of those taking part. Caught on video, much of her anger appeared directed at a woman wearing a rainbow flag. A Pride steward attempted to intervene but Choudhury continued shouting.
“God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” she screamed.
“Shame on you, shame on all of you. Shame on you, you despicable people.
Several of those attending filmed the incident and shocking footage quickly went viral.
Choudhury was quickly identified and questioned by the police. She was later charged with a homophobic hate crime public order offense.
One of those targeted by Choudhury gave a victim statement to the Thames Magistrates Court.
“I was very shocked… to be confronted by a Muslim woman in full niqab.
“I was shaken, she because she came out aggressively shouting and pointing abuse to the marchers, which included children, including my grandson.
“The woman shouting the abuse to the group has deeply upset me because I have nothing but love for the Muslim community.”
Choudhury’s lawyer told the court his client now felt “ashamed” of her actions.
“She said to me that when she had to sit down and see the footage, she felt more devastated than she had ever been.
“She didn’t recognize who she saw.
“What she did recognize is extremely angry behavior.
“She felt ashamed.”
He also said she a mum of five young children and had long suffered from medical problems, including auto-immune disease.
Choudhury was already under a one-year community order for abusing a transport worker at a local underground station in March. She called the employee a “black piece of trash” and subsequently faced a racially aggravated public order charge.
In addition to the suspended sentence and fines, the judge ordered Choudhury to attend a 40-day anger management training. She also permitted Choudhury to pay off her fines at £10 ($12.30) installments per week.