Meera Solanki Biography, Meera Solanki Wiki
Meera Solanki, from Solihull, was out with friends celebrating her 29th birthday at Birmingham’s Ana Rocha Bar and Gallery on Frederick Street.
Miss Solanki was inside the venue with her friends including Mandy Huang, 28, who was visiting from London when the group was targeted by a group of Asian men.
Meera Solanki Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Trainee lawyer Meera Solanki, from Solihull, was at Ana Rocha Bar and Gallery
- She was celebrating her 29th birthday with friends at popular Birmingham bar
- Miss Solanki defended her Chinese friend Mandy Huang, 28, from racial abuse
- West Midlands Police are investigating the assault and appealing for information
The friends left the bar after Miss Solanki said she was repeatedly harassed by one of the men who later followed the three women out of the venue at around 2 am on Sunday 9 February.
Miss Solanki said: ‘I was having birthday drinks with a group of girls and guys including Chinese friends.
‘There was a group of Asian men inside the venue – one of them kept coming up to me and harassing me. He seemed to have a problem with me being an Indian girl with a multi-racial group of friends,’ she told The Sunday Mercury.
Miss Solanki added: ‘We tried to ignore him, even when he tried to spit at one of my friends.
‘Towards the end of the night – there were just the three of us girls left including my Chinese friend Mandy.
She continued: ‘The man came over again and was being aggressive so we left but he followed us.
‘For some reason he got really angry with her. He started abusing her calling her a dirty c****.
‘He said ‘take your f****** coronavirus and take it back home.’
Miss Solanki told how she was ‘shocked and angry’ and shouted at the man to stop while she tried to push him away.
‘He punched me in the head, I hit the pavement and was knocked unconcious,’ Miss Solanki said.
An ambulance was called to the scene and a witness said: ‘What I saw was beyond despicable. A totally vicious assault.’
Miss Solanki spent six hours at Heartlands Hospital where she was treated with concussion and was off work for a week.
She added: ‘I was so shocked and horrified by his aggressive behaviour and horrific words.
‘As I lay unconscious he continued to threaten my friends and abuse them before walking away calmly with his group of friends who did nothing to stop him or help me.’