Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Muslim Girl Attacked By Man Who Cut Off Her Hijab

Muslim Girl Attacked By Man Who Cut Off Her Hijab

"I felt really scared and confused", Khawlah Noman, a student at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School in Scarborough, Ont., said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

Toronto Police say they don't yet know whether to call this a hate crime.

Speaking at the podium, the girl's emotional mother told reporters she was "happy that she's safe", and said the community has been supportive of her daughter. It covers the hair but not the face.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the attack, along with other Canadian politicians.

'My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman following this morning's cowardly attack on her in Toronto, ' he wrote.

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The alarming incident has reportedly increased pressure on the Canadian government to adopt further measures against persisting assaults on Muslims and Islamic places of worship across the North American country.

She told police he was a young Asian male with a moustache and glasses.

Ten minutes later, a few hundred metres north at the corner of Birchmount and Bay Mills Blvd., the man creeped up on her again - this time, separated from her brother who had got caught at the stop light, she was alone.

Khawlah said she and her brother "followed this crowd of people to be safe". "He came again. He continued cutting my hijab again". He was also described as wearing a black hooded sweater with the hood up, black trousers and brown gloves.

Police have not taken any suspects into custody following the incident.

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The Toronto Disctrict School Board says school administrators contacted police and the girl's family as soon as they learned of the attack. We are shocked to learn of this assault and we will be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can. "In the meantime, we are offering supports to the impacted student and her family".

Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne called the incident "cowardly act of hatred".

Toronto Councilor Neethan Shan has campaigned for January 29 - the one year anniversary of the mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque - to be marked as a Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamaphobia. A French-Canadian college student was charged as the lone suspect in the bloody incident.

In October a year ago, Quebec passed a contentious law banning face coverings, which was partly suspended two months later.

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