Toronto Muslim girl 'scared' after attacker cuts hijab

14 January, 2018, 00:34 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Khawlah Noman 11 says a man tried to cut off her hijab while she was walking to school in Toronto

Bird said the school board is offering support to the affected student and her family.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu told a news conference that Noman had turned and confronted her assailant, making loud noises to scare him off and then she ran away with her little brother in tow.

Toronto police say they are searching for a man who allegedly cut parts of a girl's hijab while she was walking to school.

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.

'I felt confused, scared, terrified, ' Noman, who is in 6th grade, told reporters at her school on Friday.

Frightened, Khawlah and her 10-year-old brother, Mohammed Zakariyya, rushed to join a group of children walking nearby so they wouldn't be alone with the attacker.

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When her attacker pulled her hood down, she said he cut her hijab from the bottom up.

When Khawlah was asked what she would say to the man if she had a chance, she said, "I think what you're doing is wrong".

The police have not ruled out investigating the incident as a hate crime.

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

She added that she has been in Canada for 25 years and this is the first incident of its kind that she can remember.

Police described the suspect as 5 feet 7 inches with a thin build who was between the ages of 20 to 30. He wore glasses, a black hoodie and black trousers.

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Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird confirmed school staff contacted police and the girl's family once they heard what had happened.

"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. "It does not represent who we are [as Canadians]", Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a Twitter message in response to the attack.

"It's just not Canada", she said.

"I don't know why he did that", Samad said, visibly shaken and in tears.

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. "We must stand firm in our support to this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab".

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