Canada PM Justin Trudeau condemns attack on Muslim girl in Toronto

14 January, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Khawlah Noman 11 says a man tried to cut off her hijab while she was walking to school in Toronto

An 11-year-old girl was assaulted in Toronto Friday by a man who twice tried to cut off her hijab with scissors and then fled, local police said as attacks against Muslims are on the rise in Canada and other western countries due to a surge in conservative Islamophobic politics.

Toronto police are investigating after a man allegedly cut a hijab off a young girl.

The blue hijab she was wearing was cut about 12 inches, the girl's mother said.

Mohammed said he then watched on horrified as he saw the man approaching his sister again with the scissors - as he was stuck on the other side of the road waiting for the traffic lights. She felt someone behind her pull the hood of her winter jacket down and when she turned around and the man ran off. Khawlah and her brother chose to cross the road and walk with a bigger group of people.

The man approached the child from behind Friday morning as she made her way to school with her younger brother.

"He continued cutting at my hijab again", Khawlah said.

Noman told reporters gathered at the school on Friday afternoon, that she felt "confused, scared and terrified" when seeing the man behind her and that she is now afraid to walk to class. "I feel like this should stop".

Noman's mother, Saima Samad, was in tears as she described rushing to the school and hugging her daughter.

"This is not who we are", she wrote on Twitter".

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School staff reported the incident to police around 9:15 a.m., shortly after Khawlah told them what happened, Toronto police said, noting that they were searching for a suspect in his 20s.

"The girl was fearless enough to confront the man, make some noise and then proceed to walk with a bunch of other kids realizing there's safety in numbers", she said. "I feel safe in this community and it's just not right".

"She was courageous enough to confront the man, make some noise. and then proceed to walk with a bunch of other kids realizing there's safety in numbers", said Const. Jenniferjit Sidhu.

"We are shocked to learn of this assault and we will be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can, " he said.

The incident caught the attention of politicians at all levels of government.

Speaking at his cabinet's retreat in London, Ont., Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the incident "troubling".

"I'm actually really scared, but I have family to support me", she said.

"I don't know why he did that, it's just not Canada".

Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called the incident "a cowardly act of hatred". This does not represent who we are.

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