Islamophobia

Twitter ‘harasser’ gets 180 hours for ‘rag head’ rant

Jay-Leighsa Bauman arrives at Ipswich Magistrates Court. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Jay-Leighsa Bauman arrives at Ipswich Magistrates Court. Photo: Glenn Hunt

A Queensland woman has been sentenced to 180 hours of community service for a barrage of social media abuse towards a prominent Australian Muslim woman.

By Stefan Armbruster, SBS
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Jay-Leighsa Bauman was charged with ‘using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence’ for anti-Islamic comments towards community advocate Mariam Veiszadeh in early January.

Twenty-two-year-old Bauman’s tweets included describing Ms Veiszadeh as a “rag head”, “dirty Islamic scum” and to go back to her “dirty sand dune country”.

Last year Ms Veiszadeh, a lawyer, criticised a Woolworths store in Cairns on Twitter for allegedly selling a singlet printed with “Love it or leave” and an Australian flag.

“I am relieved that the matter is finally over,” Ms Veiszadeh said in a statement to SBS World News.

“I’ve been quite anxious about the entire ordeal given that many bigoted and white supremacist groups have been falsely claiming that I got Bauman arrested and (were) using this as a means to generate further vitriol against me and fellow Australian Muslims.”

“The incident itself and the barrage of abuse which it subsequently triggered has been incredibly testing and, the entire ordeal, harrowing.”

Read more at: http://www.sbs.com.au/

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