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VILIFIED FOR BEING DIFFERENT: PHOTOGRAPHER DEFENDS MUSLIM 'WOMAN IN HEADSCARF WALKING BY DYING M


Jamie Lorriman's picture showed a woman wearing a scarf and holding a mobile phone in her hand and walking along Westminster Bridge as people inthe background helped a victim

The Muslim woman wearing headscarf who was photographed looking at her phone while walking across Westminster Bridge has today fired back at trolls for targeting her by revealing her thoughts at the time were of 'sadness, fear and concern'.

She said: 'I'm shocked and totally dismayed at how a picture of me is being circulated on social media.

'To those individuals who have interpreted and commented on what my thoughts were in that horrific and distressful moment, I would like to say not only have I been devastated by witnessing the aftermath of a shocking and numbing terror attack, I've also had to deal with the shock of finding my picture plastered all over social media by those who could not look beyond my attire, who draw conclusions based on hate and xenophobia.

'My thoughts at that moment were one of sadness, fear, and concern.

'What the image does not show is that I had talked to other witnesses to try and find out what was happening, to see if I could be of any help, even though enough people were at the scene tending to the victims.

The monster responsible for the terrorist attack in Westminster has been identified as Khalid Masood, 52

Photographer Jamie Lorriman, who snapped the pictures, said the unidentified woman looked distraught and horrified, and he denied claims that she had casually ignored the victim who suffered severe injuries.

A close-up of the lady was circulated.

He said trolls who posted the image which appears to show her looking at her phone are being "selective".

Mr Lorriman, of London, added: "I feel sorry for the woman because people are using her to push their hate message but she was caught up in this like everybody else.

"There were bodies all around her.

"She looked horrified. She’s got that look of absolute shock on her face and they’ve pushed their hate message regardless."

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My opinion- The woman was visibly distressed at the horrific terror scene, the only reason trolls posted negative comments about her is just too obvious because she's a muslim at the wrong place at the wrong time.

People are just being selective after all she wasn't the only one who walked past the victim