A 38-year-old Muslim woman has been arrested for criticising people taking part in a LGBT Pride march after she was allegedly harassed by some of the participants.
Footage posted on social media showed a woman wearing a niqab shouting “shame on you” at participants as they passed, one of whom was wearing a rainbow LGBT flag.
In the video, taken during the event in Waltham Forest, east London, she could be heard shouting: “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Shame on you, shame on all of you. Shame on you, you despicable people.”
Two eye witnesses told 5Pillars that the Muslim woman was initially harassed and called “scum” by one of the LGBT Pride attendees.
After the woman was followed and continuously taunted, she reacted angrily according to the sources.
The Metropolitan police’s Waltham Forest Twitter account said on Monday: “Officers investigating footage circulating on social media of abuse directed at those taking part in a Pride event in Waltham Forest have arrested a 38-year-old woman under section 4a of the Public Order Act. She has been taken into custody at a north London police station.
“Abusing someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is a hate crime. If you have been verbally or physically abused, harassed or attacked in any way by someone because you are or they think you are LGBT+ please report these crimes to police or through a third party agency.”
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Homosexual acts are strictly forbidden in Islam and is considered a major sin.