The defendant is accused of committing what is every subway commuter’s nightmare. Being suddenly and senselessly pushed into the path of an oncoming train.
— Richard Brown, district attorney for borough of Queens • Speaking in an interview about Erika Menendez, the Bronx woman who has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly pushing 46-year-old Sunando Sen onto the subway tracks as a train approached. Brown characterized Menendez’s remarks to police, “in sum and substance,” as: “I pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.” Officials claim Menenedez conflated the Muslim and Hindu faiths in her statement to the police — Sen himself was an Indian-born Hindu. source