Muslim woman reveals bigotry in Bundy on national TV
A BUNDABERG Muslim woman has spoken out on national television about the bigoted attacks she has endured in public because she wears a hijab.
On SBS's Insight program on Tuesday night, Scarlett Kayis told host Jenny Brockie how she felt she couldn't go out in Bundaberg without somebody escorting her.
"I've had incidents where somebody had tried to run me over with their vehicle in the CBD," she said.
"I have had someone follow me home and beat my car with my four-year and two-year-old in the car because I wear a hijab.
"... I can't even imagine what it is like for a brown Muslim woman."
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The mother of two was on the episode, titled Minority Report, which explored the rise of minority parties in the July 2 federal election.
The Bundaberg-born woman converted to Islam after marrying her Turkish husband, also from Bundaberg.
Mrs Kayis said the goal of some political groups and politicians like Pauline Hanson was to target people from low socio-economic backgrounds and frighten them.
"You have no reason to be fearful of me," she said on the program.
Yesterday Mrs Kayis told the NewsMail since the episode had aired she had received support from family and friends.
"My family and network I've heard from are as usual positive and supportive," she said.
In the episode, a Hanson voter named Harriet Galagher said she voted for Senator Hanson because she liked all her policies.
She rejected Mrs Kayis' premise that Hanson supporters were ignorant and from a low-socio economic background.
"Harriett is not unlike most Hanson supporters," Mrs Kayis told the NewsMail.
You have no reason to be fearful of me - Scarlett Kayis
"What didn't get aired was Harriet's confronting comments during the filming of the show.
"However the SBS team and the majority of the invited guests were very supportive towards me during and after the filming."
Mrs Kayis said it was not just a local issue but a national problem that needed to be addressed.
"It's a local and national problem each time the media write stories that seem to fuel the fear in people," she said.
"However more so since Ms Hanson announced standing again for parliament and leading up to the election."