Muslim Girl Attacked By Man Who Cut Off Her Hijab

Khawlah Noman 11 speaks to reporters with her mother at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School after she told police that a man cut her hijab with scissors in Toronto Ontario Canada

Protected from the rain was the 11-year-old's light blue hijab - the target of a man holding a pair of scissors with a blue handle. "I don't know why he did that, but it's just not Canada".

Since 2013, hate crime has been on the rise in Canada. "We've seen this right across the country", she said.

Sharing his frightful experience, her younger brother said, "I saw my sister, she was frightened".

"I felt really scared and confused because I didn't feel comfortable that people are doing this.", the girl was quoted by media.

The grade six student at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School recounted how she screamed, causing him to run off.

Khawlah Noman was walking to school with her brother when a man tried to forcibly remove her head covering with scissors twice in the space of just 10 minutes. We followed this crowd of people to be safe.

But the alleged attack was not over.

"He continued cutting my hijab again" before smiling and running away, said Khawlah. "He smiled and ran away".

When asked what she would say to the suspect, Noman added: "What you're doing is way wrong. You should not act like this". "I'm so proud to be a Canadian, and I feel so safe in this community", Samad said.

Added Khawlah: "We both walked to school together and we both told my principal".


The attack is being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said, according to CNN.

Calling the incident "startling and disturbing", Const. Jenniferjit Sidhu said "young people going to school should not have to go through this".

Officers describe the suspect as an Asian man in his 20s with a medium build.

The man is said to be in his mid-20s, and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black trousers.

Police are hoping to track down security and dash cam cameras or hear from witnesses. "We must stand firm in our support to this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab".

Toronto mayor John Tory said he was "shocked and appalled" by the incident, stating, "No child should ever be afraid walking to school in Toronto because of what they are wearing" in a statement.

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

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. It was a whole day of firsts.

In early December 2016, a female Muslim Baruch College student claimed several men shouting "Donald Trump!" attempted to tear off her hijab on a New York City subway train; she later admitted to making it up. "Young kids coming to school shouldn't have to face this".

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