Posted September 17, 2018 09:17:16It’s been a week since a woman from the Northern Territory walked out of her house in the state’s south-east.
“We’ve had a lot of comments, some pretty nasty,” resident Sarah Eriksen said.
“I just thought that we should all be a bit more respectful of each other and that it’s just not acceptable to be in a place where someone has to have a veil on.”
Ms Erikson says she was in a carpark when the woman approached.
“She just kind of walked right past us and started talking to the other car, and then she turned around and said ‘get out of my house’,” she said.
Ms Erickson says the woman took off her hijab.
“So then she goes to the kitchen and starts to pull out some of her things, and it just didn’t feel right,” she said .
“So I just left the door open and went out the back.”
Ms Roddick says she has received many messages of support and forgiveness.
“There are a lot people that really have a sense of humour and I think that’s what really has made this community a bit safer,” she says.
“Some of the comments that have been posted online, there have been people who are quite shocked and a little bit angry and really supportive and that’s really what’s important to me.”
Ms Latham says the community has responded well to the woman’s actions.
“It has definitely given us a bit of a boost and given us some good humour, some good energy, so hopefully that will continue,” she laughs.
“What I hope is that that will grow in the next few weeks and hopefully the community will continue to see that as being a bit too extreme and that we need to move on.”