'˜Our baby was murdered' say victims of racist attack in Milton Keynes
The victim of the racist crime that shocked the city has told how his wife begged her attacker not to hurt her because she was pregnant.
But despite the 34-year-old’s pleas for mercy, she was still kicked in the stomach – so hard that it killed her unborn child.
“Our lives have been ruined. My wife does not stop crying now and she is too scared to ever go out of the house, and she is worried that when I go, I’m not going to come back,” said the 40-year-old husband, who suffered a serious head injury in the attack outside Water Eaton Co-op.
He added: “My wife begged the man not to hurt the baby. She cried ‘Please, no, I’m pregnant’ four or five times. But he did not listen. The baby died.”
Friends and family have rallied round the couple, who live in Bletchley.
“They are suffering so badly. The husband, a taxi driver has been unable to work because he dare not leave his wife,” said a relative.
The Muslim community has also slammed city police for taking almost six weeks to put out an appeal for witnesses to the August 6 attack.
“We went to see police to ask why they were not doing anything. This family were being neglected by them. The man who did this killed their baby. Justice should be done and he should be charge with murder,” said the relative.
After the family’s complaint, police put out a CCTV image of a man last week. An arrest was made the same day.
A Thames Valley Police spokesperson, said: “A 37-year-old man from Bletchley was arrested on September 14 in connection with a racially aggravated assault. No charges have been made and he has been bailed to return on November 3.”
People from around MK are urged to support an official rally against racism in Bletchley this Saturday (September 24).
The purpose of the rally is to say “loud and clear” that people of all nationalities, faiths and colours are welcome in the city, said Bletchley councillor Mohammed Khan.
The rally will be held at the old bandstand in Queensway between 12 noon and 2pm. Organisers include MK Equality Council, MK Bangladeshi Association and Stand Up to Racism.
An earlier vigil that took place outside Water Eaton Co-op, saw dozens of people vowing to fight against racism and hate crime last Thursday night.
Protestors described how the horrific attack on a pregnant woman has sent waves of anger and fear throughout Bletchley.
“For the men it’s still alright, but Muslim women are very scared at the moment and older people are walking with younger ones now,” said taxi driver Abdul.
Priya, who runs a corner shop opposite the Co-op, said she faced racial abuse five or six times a year.
She said: “Sometimes when people come into the shop and we don’t have what we want they tell us to go back home.”
Even as the vigil was taking place, one shopper took the opportunity to shout ‘refugees’ at the crowd.