by Nino Bucci and Rania Spooner
A local councillor opposed to the building of a mosque in Bendigo sent a disturbing image of babies with mutilated genitals to a woman who supported the development.
City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman tweeted the image to a Bendigo woman on Sunday, writing “Oh we could have this here too? Would you like your fanny sliced off?”.
The tweet was a photograph of five girls, who appear to be aged no older than two, crying as they lie on the floor with blood seeping from their wounds.
Fairfax Media has decided not to publish the image.
The woman had first tweeted Cr Chapman, writing “I hope the mosque gets built soon, it’s great to see someone who cares about all Bendigo residents and their religions”.
Cr Chapman has been an outspoken critic of the mosque, and described herself as “not a fan of Islam”.
“I wouldn’t want to live near a mosque. Would you?” she said after council approved the mosque last year. She said at the time that under Islam, any non-believers were not worthy and should be killed.
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