Toronto Girl's Hijab Reportedly Cut Off By Man With Scissors, Say Police

Toronto Girl's Hijab Reportedly Cut Off By Man With Scissors, Say Police

Toronto Girl's Hijab Reportedly Cut Off By Man With Scissors, Say Police

According to the report published in Hindustan Times, after the incident, Toronto police are investigating the case.

The hijab is a headscarf worn by many Muslim women who feel it is part of their religion. It covers the hair but not the face.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed a similar sentiment, stressing that this "is not who Canadians are".

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

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

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. "I feel like this should stop", she said. We followed this crowd of people to be safe.

The man allegedly tried to cut the girl's hijab twice. He wore glasses, a black hoodie and black trousers.

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Police have not taken any suspects into custody following the incident. She said she was on the sidewalk when she sensed a man behind her and turned to find him holding scissors.

"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.

Khawlah - who appeared alongside her mother and her brother - said she is now afraid to walk to school, but was comforted by the support of her school and family.

Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne called the incident "cowardly act of hatred". Shortly after the same attacker then approached her again "smiling" and trying to cut her scarf before fleeing.

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 university student has been charged as the sole suspect. Terrified, she turned to face him - a young Asian male, roughly 5-foot-8 to six feet tall, wearing black trousers, a black hoodie and brown gloves.

Meanwhile, local researchers have documented a sharp rise in far-right extremist activity across Canada, much of it targeting the country's Muslim population. A survey conducted previous year by Ontario's Human Rights Commission found that more people reported harboring "very negative" feelings about Muslims than about any other group.

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