In Vienna, Austria, a 14-year old Muslim girl has sparked an outrage on social media. She claimed to have been pushed onto the railway-tracks by a bystander who yelled “terrorist“ at her. According to her story, she was saved by another bystander, who pulled her back onto the platform “at the last second,“ and ran off to the hospital. Her parents (of Turkish origin) filed a criminal complaint stating she was assaulted.
The story was enough to have social media ‘explode’. An anti-discrimination and racism group blamed Austrian Foreign and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz for the attack. Kurz said on Friday he wanted to ban public servants, including school teachers, from wearing the Hijab, the Islamic headscarf. The proposal caused a stir, for it would be stricter than laws in France, where only the full body veil is illegal, or Germany, where the highest court in 2015 restricted MPs’ scope to ban teachers from wearing the headscarf. It already was deemed as discriminatory by Muslim group IGGIO, claiming “after such a statement, trust is badly shaken.”
Now, however, she is being accused of having fabricated the story. Investigating officers could not find any trace of any assault happening at the S-Bahn train station. Police spokeswoman Irina Steirer said:
“We have looked through the CCTV and at the time when the incident is alleged to have occurred nothing can be seen on the records. (…) Both the alleged victim and the accused are captured on CCTV, but nothing ever happens and they are both simply seen getting on the train.”
The girl will be brought in for questioning “as soon as possible”. She could even end up being charged with slander and filing a false report.