A young woman has been hailed as a legend for standing up to defend a Muslim woman who was being harassed on a Sydney train.

Stacey Eden said she pulled out her camera phone after witnessing “a good 10 minutes” of abuse from a woman wearing red floral pants on a CityRail train travelling from Town Hall to the airport about 1.40pm on Wednesday.

Ms Eden’s footage begins with the woman in red saying to a woman in a hijab opposite her: “Why do you wear it for a man that marries a six year-old girl?”

The Muslim woman, who is sitting with a bearded man and a baby in a pram, does not respond.

Ms Eden interjects to say: “She wears it for herself, OK? She wears it because she wants to be modest with her body, not because of people like you who are going to sit there and disrespect her.”

The abusive passenger then brings up the Lindt cafe siege in Martin Place and says to the woman: “Your kids behead people.”

“That’s not her doing it. That’s a minority of people, not a majority of people,” says Ms Eden, growing increasingly angry at the abusive passenger.

When the woman in red mentions “148 Christians murdered in Kenya” and Muslims murdering each other in Syria, Ms Eden responds “What’s that got to do with this lady?”

The passenger responds with “Nothing, you’re the one that started the argument.”

Ms Eden told the woman she started the argument by saying things under her breath and tells her, “If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything, it’s simple.”.. see more

source: smh.com.au