Teenage model suffers physical and verbal racist attack on London tube
October 1, 2014
Mahaneela Choudhury-Reid, 21, was at Regent’s Park station making her way to work on Wednesday September 17 when she was called a “f**king n*****,” kicked and shoved by a man at the busy station.
Choudhury Reid, a model for companies including Asos and Nike, was left in tears after the terrifying ordeal where members of the public reportedly just looked on as she suffered the unprovoked attack.
Speaking about the incident Choudhury-Reid revealed her surprise at not only the abuse itself but also the passivity of her fellow commuters. “I was in total disbelief that a word like that could slip so easily from someone’s mouth and not a single person reacted to it as if it was completely normal.” In a separate statement she said, “It shocks me to my core that so many people were bystanders to this blatant unprovoked attack watched and did nothing.”
Following the incident, which Choudhury-Reid posted about on Twitter account, she says she has received lots of messages of support from strangers. Yet, it was at the time of the incident that the young woman most needed support and received none. “It shows a dichotomy. No one acted at the time but everyone is outraged afterwards,” she said.
The victim described her attacker as a smartly-dressed white, balding man with a shaved head and wearing glasses.
Transport for London and the British Transport Police have launched an investigation and released an image of the suspected attacker.
Mahaneela's suspected attacker (left)
Phil Hufton, London Underground’s Chief Operating Officer, has said: “All of our customers have the right to use our services without fear of being abused. We will not tolerate offensive behaviour towards our customers or staff and we will work with BTP to fully investigate this incident.”