Muslim Woman Targeted By Online Trolls After Boris’ Burka Remarks

9 August 2018, 18:13 | Updated: 10 August 2018, 13:13

A Muslim woman says she’s now being openly mocked as a “letterbox” online after Boris Johnson’s comments about the burka.

Nada UmmNour said the former Foreign Secretary had “started a new trend” after comparing women in face veils to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”.

She’s one of 100 women who wear a niqab or burka who are calling for Mr Johnson to be kicked out of the Conservative Party.

In a letter they say an apology would be "insufficient" and that the former London Mayor made a "deliberate choice" to "inflame tensions in a way that makes it easier for bigots to justify hate crime against us".

Iain Dale discussing the burka
Picture: LBC

Ms UmmNour spoke to Iain Dale - and said she was already seeing a negative effect following his remarks.

She said: “Now, literally people are messaging me on Twitter and calling me a ‘letterbox’.

“He’s started a new trend, there’s now a new name they can call me and mock me with.

“What was he trying to achieve with this?

“I think what he was trying to achieve was perhaps, maybe he’s not far-right himself, but pandering to the far-right or giving support to it.

“None of the less there should be some action or response to what he has just done.”