Woman battered for being fat
PUBLISHED: 17:12 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 12 August 2010
A MOTHER who was beaten up on a train for being overweight has talked openly about her nightmare . Hayes resident Marsha Coupe, 53, who weighs 22 stone, told BBC London s Inside Out programme how she nearly lost her eyesight in the vicious assault which
A MOTHER who was beaten up on a train for being overweight has talked openly about her 'nightmare'.
Hayes resident Marsha Coupe, 53, who weighs 22 stone, told BBC London's Inside Out programme how she nearly lost her eyesight in the vicious assault which took place as she was returning from visiting her cancer stricken husband in hospital.
She was on a Charing Cross train to Hayes last May when a woman aged between 38 and 42 set on her, leaving her almost blind in her left eye.
Mrs Coupe said: "I was returning home at night on a train and a woman sat across from me started kicking me and saying to me, 'Hey fatty! Look at you. You should not be on this train, look at you. You need two seats.'
"She was kicking me and slapping me. I had probably 30 to 40 bruises over my chest and my neck. I actually was terrified that I was going to lose the eye."
She added: "London prides itself on being enormously diverse. It won the Olympics for 2012 based on diversity and yet there is almost zero tolerance for anybody of size.
"You cannot safely walk the streets or take public transport without being assaulted either verbally and/or physically."
Mrs Coupe has now joined forces with other overweight women to lobby Mayor Boris Johnson into making London more fat-friendly.
They are hoping he will follow in the footsteps of San Francisco lawmakers who have made it illegal to discriminate against people just because of their size.
Inside Out presenter Kathryn Szrodecki travelled to the city to research the law and see how it could be implemented here.
She said: "Mayor Boris, I have seen the law in action. I have my scales with me and I'm on my way to your office to begin the transformation of London."
A spokesman for British Transport police said no one had been arrested in connection with the incident.
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