Elderly Austrian Muslim woman suffers spinal injury from Islamophobic attack

A 60-year-old Muslim woman was seriously injured in an Islamophobic attack that took place at a bank in Vienna.

Pensioner Mrs S Selver was waiting in a queue to collect her pension at a Bawag bank branch in Schönbrunner Strasse (Vienna) when a man approached her, insulted her and repeatedly shoved her, knocking her to the floor.

She was taken to hospital, suffering a spinal injury.

A 40-year-old man was arrested outside the bank shortly afterwards.

Her son Engin told the Heute newspaper that she suffered a lumbar fracture and had to spend seven days in Hanusch hospital.

She had to have an operation on her spine and is now being cared for at home by her son. It’s terrible that we live in a world where people feel so emboldened that they can attack someone with such force that it would cause a serious injury like a lumbar fracture. This would be bad enough if negligent actions caused a severe spinal injury, but the fact that this was a deliberate, premeditated act makes it all the worse. Hopefully, justice will catch up with the man responsible for this heinous crime and the law will come down on him. Spinal injuries can be life-changing and are not to be taken lightly. Those who have suffered such an injury in the workplace would be right to seek compensation to help them with medical expenses, money lost from time out of the job, and anything else that a lawyer may determine their client deserves.

There have been several incidents where women wearing the hijab have been insulted and attacked in Vienna recently, which comes after frequent stories in the press about young Muslims travelling to Syria to fight alongside ISIS.

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