Labour councillor Hasina Khan alleges that she has:
had to totally change the way I go about my job. I used to do ward walks all the time, but now there are some streets I can’t even walk down.”
The hate campaign began when she put herself forward as a Labour candidate three years ago. “It is just a few members of the community who think I should be at home with a veil over my face, although if other people choose to do that, then I respect their choice,” she said.
“However, I feel that if it was a male Asian councillor then he would be treated as a hero. Because I am a woman I get the opposite treatment. They can’t understand my mainstream views and those of ‘live and let live’ and how the British culture should be respected … It has been extremely hard for me and my family and if it wasn’t for my British constituents, I don’t think I would have been able to get through it.”
Terry Brown, the Mayor of Chorley, who represents the same ward as Mrs Khan, said: “Because she’s a female Asian woman their view is that she should be at home producing babies.
“It’s a shame. She’s a well-respected member of the community and … an exceptionally talented woman.”
Obviously, Mayor Brown is an Islamophobe. The mayor needs to be more sensitive to the idealogical perspective of Muslim men. Perhaps some sort of counseling is in order.