ROME – A Muslim florist has saved a young Italian woman from being gang-raped by a group of drunk men, driving them away and taking her to a safer area.
“I was walking alone on the street at 23.30. I like to walk, I love Florence and I love the night,” Gaia Guarnotta, 25, wrote on Facebook, Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
She was walking in Italy’s northern Tuscany region when she was approached by the group near Piazza della Repubblica.
“Then the nightmare begins,” Guarnotta wrote, adding that the drunk men called her a ‘whore’, spat at her and then tried to take her away to an unknown location.
She tried to run away but they called her a ‘slut’ and a ‘whore’.
Rose seller Hossein Alamgir noticed the commotion and came to her aid, chasing the men away.
Originally from Bangladesh, Alamgir has lived in Italy since 2005, according to Direttanews.
After rescuing Guarnotta, he took her to a safe place and fed her.
He also provided her with towels so that she could wash, and gave her a rose as a present.
“Thank you to this world for there are people like Hossein, who help without wanting anything in return. This is a face I will never forget,” Guarnotta said.
Italy has a Muslim population of some 1.7 million, including 20,000 reverts, according to the figures released by Istat, the national statistics agency.
A Pew Research Center poll released in January found that Italians — at 63 percent of respondents — lead Western Europe in holding “unfavorable” views of Muslims.
Greeks came in second, at 53 percent, while a majority of French, British and Germans viewed Muslims favorably.