In 2015, Bassam Al-Rawi, a Muslim taxi driver in Halifax, was pulled over by police. Inside his cab was a 26-year-old woman with her clothes off from her chest down, unconscious. Al-Rawi’s pants were down. He was raping her.
But Judge Gregory Lenehan just acquitted him, saying:
“The Crown failed to produce any evidence of lack of consent at any time.”
Meanwhile, here’s what the Halifax police said last summer:
"There have been 14 sexual assaults involving cab drivers since 2012.”
And remember their advice for Halifax girls last summer?:
"Sit in the back seat on the right-hand side of the [taxi], particularly if travelling alone, as it’s farthest from the driver and curb-side in the event you need to exit quickly.”
But they won’t tell women who to look out for, because that would be racist. That’s what the Toronto Star reported:
"Halifax police are perpetuating damaging stereotypes by using “Middle Eastern” to describe three unknown cab drivers suspected in a recent string of alleged sexual assaults, critics say. “There’s no such thing as a Middle-Eastern-looking person,” said Raja Khouri, president of the Toronto-based Canadian Arab Institute.”
"Khouri, who is also member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission…”
Oh, and all of this is before Motion M-103 passes Parliament to ban Islamophobia…
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