Jason Cias (36) was punched for defending Muslim women on a train in Melbourne. Two men in fluorescent orange tops verbally abusing a group of women for wearing headscarves. One of the men referred to the religious clothing after the women sat down next to them, saying: “You shouldn’t be wearing that s*** in Australia.” Cias claims an argument ensued, during which the older of the women spoke in Arabic to try and calm things down. The men then said: “You shouldn’t be speaking that s*** in Australia.”
As the women got off the train, one of the men shouted an apparent sexual threat. Mr Cias “I said to the guy, ‘Mate, they’re women’. The implication there was you don’t threaten people, particularly women. Mr Cias said one of the unidentified men then punched him in the face.