London, December 30: A women bus conductor in London threw a British Asian teenage girl from the bus for ‘wearing too much make-up’ to have a child’s ticket.
Zahra Sadiq was traveling on a National Express bus in Birmingham last week when she was told by bus conductor that she was wearing too much make up to be 15 years old and her ticket was not valid.
"When the conductor checked my ticket I showed her and never dreamed there would be a problem. She asked how old I was and I told her, then she asked me to get off the bus. "The conductor just refused to believe I'm only 15. She said, 'look at the state of you, with all that make-up and contour - you're not 15'," Sadiq told.
The girl was on her way to watch a film with friends on December 22 but had to complete her journey on foot and was also slapped with a fine of 35 pounds. "I'm only 15 and I was all alone in the middle of nowhere, it was quite scary," she said.
Her furious uncle, Naveed Sadiq, called up National Express to complain over the incident but is yet to receive a proper explanation. "The whole experience has completely shaken Zahra up, she has been made to feel like a criminal. Her destination was another four miles from where she was thrown off, and she had to continue by foot and got harassed in the process.
"I rang National Express but they refused to talk to me about it - first of all someone hung up on me, and then after several further attempts I was told she should have been carrying a passport as a form of ID," he said. A National Express West Midlands spokesperson said: "We are currently investigating a report of a young girl being removed from our 14 service."