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Female Muslim bartender beaten at French cafe for serving alcohol during Ramadan

Paris: A young female bartender was reportedly beaten and abused by two Muslim men in France after she served alcohol during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. A Muslim woman, told the French Nouvel Obs

India TV News Desk Updated on: June 10, 2016 9:51 IST
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Paris: A young female bartender was reportedly beaten and abused by two Muslim men in France after she served alcohol during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

A Muslim woman, told the French Nouvel Obs newspaper,  "I was all alone in the bar when two passersby stormed in. They pointed at the alcohol bottles at the counter, and one of them told me in Arabic, 'You should be ashamed of serving alcohol during Ramadan.'

After abusing her they left, but one of them returned and started hitting her and knocked her to the ground.

"Serving alcohol doesn't mean I'm not following my (religious) duties. I'm doing it because I am a bartender. In Tunisia, I do the same job and I never had any problems," she said.

"I was all alone in the bar when two passersby stormed in. They pointed at the alcohol bottles at the counter, and one of them told me in Arabic, ‘You should be ashamed of serving alcohol during Ramadan," the woman, a Muslim, told the French Nouvel Obs newspaper.

One of the men then threatened her, saying, “If I was God, I would have you hanged.”

hey left, but one of them came back soon afterwards and beat the woman, hitting her on the face and knocking her to the ground.

The assault was caught on a CCTV camera and reported to police.

The victim was left with bruises, and in complete shock.

“Serving alcohol doesn't mean I'm not following my [religious] duties. I'm doing it because I am a bartender. In Tunisia, I do the same job and I never had any problems,” she said.

She added, "I didn't think that in France, the country of liberty, you could be attacked for this."

It is not the first incident of such an assault in Nice. Two years ago, a bakery was vandalized after its owner was considered a “bad Muslim” for selling food containing pork.However, amid the current unprecedented refugee crisis, such incidents may provoke a harsher reaction both from the public and from the authorities. Tensions are running high in France and across Europe.

The police have identified the two men who attacked her using CCTV footage but are yet to arrest them.

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