"Mutt" Told to Cover Up Outside Mosque
Journalist and Mutt, Latika Bourke, in the outfit she wore to interview controversial mufti Sheik Taj Eldeen Alhilaly at Lakemba mosque in Australia.
Twenty-three-year-old journalist Latika Bourke was verbally attacked bya group of Muslim men outside a Sydney mosque because of her dress.
“This young man approached me and said: ‘You should be wearing more clothes. You need to cover up, you mutt’,” Ms Bourke, who works for 2UE Radio, recounted.
Ms Bourke, who was wearing a black trenchcoat, knee-high boots and gloves, said she was shocked and humiliated.
“I’m just incredulous as to why they would say that … what else is there to cover up? They are doing themselves no favours by behaving like this.”
Ms Bourke was waiting to interview controversial mufti Sheik Taj Eldeen Alhilaly at Lakemba mosque when a man aged about 20 confronted her.
“He said: Are you aware that this is our Friday prayers? Do you know you’re disrespecting our religion.”
Ms Bourke said she replied: “I’m sorry, how?” He then advised her to cover up and called her “a mutt”.
Ms Bourke, a Christian, said she was very conscious of the need to respect other people’s religions.
“I knew it was important to cover up when you go to a mosque and that’s why I wore a long coat and gloves.
That’s just a little too much neck showing, I’d say. Duh.