Parents often say the hardest part of the all-consuming job is that you can’t protect your children from the world.
But you shouldn’t have to prepare them for the devastating notion that on a quiet Friday afternoon on the London Underground a stranger might accost your family and launch into a racist rant, subjecting you and those you care for most to the ignominy of being robbed of your dignity.
Should this happen, however, one can only hope that a brave commuter might revive your faith in humanity and stick up for you, as Asma Shuweikh did.
The 36-year-old mum-of-two from Birmingham, a hijab-wearing hero, was hailed around the world for her actions after footage of the incident was widely shared on social media, a gesture she said was inspired by her faith.
Asma revealed she had been subjected herself to racist abuse in the past, recounting an incident in which a motorist had thrown jelly beans
at her face.
But, while no one stuck up for her then, she still found the inner strength to come to this family’s defence.