The couple were travelling on a train at around 1.


40pm on Wednesday when an elderly woman started verbally abusing the Muslim woman for her headscarf.

The elderly woman can be heard mentioning the Sydney siege, the Kenyan university massacre before accusing the Muslim woman of being an ISIS supporter. 

The couple, Khalida Hafeez and Hafeez Ahmed Bhatti, want the woman charged.

Mr Bhatti told the ABC they had spoken with NSW Police, but he remained frustrated.

“It’s frustrating that the lady generalised that all Muslims are,” he said.

“… She starts swearing and she says that you rape girls and things like that. If I am here and it’s my understanding that Australia is a free country, it’s equal for everyone.

“If someone with white skin can travel easily without any harm and concern, why don’t I?”

The racist tirade was recorded and uploaded to Facebook by Sydney woman, 23-year-old Stacey Eden.

“She wears it (her headscarf) because she wants to be modest with her body, not because of people like you who are going to sit there and disrespect her,” Eden is heard saying in the video.

“That is a minority of people. Not a majority… Have some respect.”

So i sat there for a good 10 minutes before i started recording this, while i listened to this woman bad mouth muslims…

Posted by Stacey Eden on Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The video has been viewed more than 631,000 times and has made local and international headlines. 

The husband of the woman, Hafeez Ahmed Bhatti, shared the video on his Facebook page, thanking Ms Eden for supporting them. 

“This video was not recorded by me. But that is what happened to us on sydney train, God bless Stacey Eden who support us.”

In a statement, the Islamophobia Register Australia group said they were disappointed but not surprised by the woman’s remarks, but praised Eden’s actions, calling her part of “Team Humanity”.

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane said it was important for the public to stand up against racism. 

“One of the most powerful things that anyone can do is to send a message that abuse is not acceptable,” Dr Soutphommasane told the ABC. “When people abuse others and that is met by silence it can embolden them to do it again.

“It’s always disappointing to see people being subjected to harassment or abuse in public places,” he said.

“It’s important that everyone who lives here or visits here receives a fair go and is treated the decency and respect.”

Many on social media have thanked Ms Eden for standing up to the elderly woman.

Fifi Flower commented on Facebook, “Thank you Stacey for speaking up. Thank you thank you thank you. I am muslim but don’t wear a headscarf and am scared that if one day I decide to, I too will be attacked. It’s good to know that people still stand up for others. Nowadays most people try to keep out of arguments that don’t directly involve them. We need more people like you.”

Imsharif Doleh wrote, “Thank you for defending her … I know we need a lot of people like you around.”

Geoff Cartridge commented, “What a fantastic and courageous lady. You are a true Australian. I feel sorry for the abused couple. No one should be subjected to this rubbish.”

#ThankyouStaceyEden #LetsRideTogether #SayNoToIslamophobia @IslamophobiaReg pic.twitter苏州皮肤管理中心,/FU454kHHwW

— Mariam Veiszadeh (@MariamVeiszadeh) April 16, 2015

@MariamVeiszadeh Well done Stacey, for showing courage, compassion and tolerance… All good Australian values… #goodaussievalues

— Nurse Whitebeard (@nursewhitebeard) April 16, 2015

You’re amazing for standing up to a bully, who was racially abusing a Muslim family on the train! Much love! xxx #ThankYouStaceyEden

— ASY (@chaandbeti) April 16, 2015