Canada school­girl at­tacked over hi­jab

The Gulf Today - - AMERICAS -

OTTAWA: An 11-year-old girl was as­saulted in Toronto on Fri­day by a man who twice tried to cut off her hi­jab with scis­sors and then led, po­lice said.

Khawlah No­man told re­porters that she was walk­ing to school with her younger brother when the man came at her with scis­sors.

“He tried cut­ting (off) my hi­jab two times,” she said. “I felt re­ally scared and con­fused. I didn’t feel com­fort­able that peo­ple are do­ing this.” Po­lice de­scribed the as­sailant as an Asian male wear­ing a black hoodie and glasses. He was said to be about 20, nearly six feet tall and with a medium build.

Au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, which oc­curred at about 9:00am near the Pauline John­son school in Toronto’s east side, po­lice spokes­woman Ka­t­rina Ar­ro­gante told re­porters. Con­sta­ble Jenif­fer­jit Sidhu told a press 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.

Af­ter­ward, ac­cord­ing to Sidhu, the girl no­ticed a 12-inch cut from the bot­tom up on the back of her hi­jab.

She and her brother joined a group of other stu­dents also walk­ing to school, for safety, but the sib­lings be­came sep­a­rated from the group and from each other at an in­ter­sec­tion cross­ing.

At that mo­ment, less than 10 min­utes af­ter the irst as­sault, the same man sud­denly re­turned. Smil­ing, he al­legedly tried again to cut off her hi­jab, be­fore lee­ing.

“This is a cow­ardly act of ha­tred. It does not rep­re­sent who we are (as Cana­di­ans),” On­tario Premier Kath­leen Wynne said in a Twit­ter mes­sage.

Khawlah No­man

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