Police in Vienna Tell Woman: Dye Your Blond Hair Dark

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A young woman in Vienna, who was brutally attacked by a gang of men from Afghanistan as she was waiting for a train, was shocked when she was told by police to dye her blond hair dark and change her way of dressing so that she was not “provocative.”

The woman, identified only by her first name Sabina, said the police further told her that women should not be alone on the streets after 8 p.m.

"At first I was scared, but now I'm more angry than anything,” she said. “Indirectly that means I was partly to blame for what happened to me. That is a massive insult."

The 20-year-old woman ended up being treated in a local hospital for bruises to her head, shoulder, elbow, spine and hips.

"I had been standing on the platform waiting for the train when a man came up to me and spoke to me in a foreign language,” she related. “He then started putting his hands through my hair and made it clear that in his cultural background there were hardly any blonde women. I told him to go away, and for a short while he really did go away. But it was only to get his pals and a bit later he came back with three others.”

After stealing Sabina’s purse and credit cards, the gang bashed her to the ground before running off. No one bothered to help her as she lay on the platform in agony.

From the language the men were speaking, Sabina realized the men were from Afghanistan.

"The police told me that attacks are now a daily routine. And it's going to get worse," she said.

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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