A 10-year-old boy was kicked off a New York City bus after losing his MetroCard and saying a quick Muslim prayer to help him find it. Now he’s suing the bus driver and the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) for discrimination.
According to the lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, the unidentified boy was searching for his pre-paid access card as the city’s B36 bus pulled up last October. To help him find the card, he allegedly began reciting a Muslim prayer: “I stand in the name of God the most merciful, the most beneficent.”
As a result, the driver allegedly branded the boy a “terrorist” and closed the door on him and left him stranded.
“He was two days shy of turning 11 when this happened, but he’s old enough to know what it feels like to be discriminated against,” the boy’s attorney Hyder Naqvi told the New York Daily News.
The unidentified boy was initially so “hurt” he didn’t want to ride the bus anymore; but eventually became angry and resolved to “right the wrong,” the Daily News reports.
The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages for civil rights violations and religious discrimination.
[h/t Daily News]
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