Man cuts schoolgirl's hijab with scissors in Canada

Man cuts schoolgirl's hijab with scissors in Canada

Man cuts schoolgirl's hijab with scissors in Canada

An 11-year-old Muslim Canadian school girl has expressed horror after her hijab was repeatedly cut by a male assailant while she was walking to school with her younger brother.

Police in the Canadian city of Toronto are investigating a possible hate crime against a young Muslim girl.

At an afternoon press conference, 11-year-old Khawlah said she was walking down the street with her brother when a man came up from behind, removed the hood of her winter coat, and cut into her hijab.

Mohammed said he then watched on horrified as he saw the man approaching his sister again with the scissors - as he was stuck on the other side of the road waiting for the traffic lights. 'The man just ran away.

"Sadly, someone insulted me by cutting my hijab two times", she said. "He smiled and ran away", Khawlah Noman said.

"I felt confused, scared, terrified", Khawlah Noman, who is in Grade 6, told reporters at her school on Friday. "I feel like this should stop".

'In the meantime, we're offering support to the impacted student and her family'.

When one of the reporters asked, "what do you think of this happening?", she replied, "I feel this is awful and I feel like this should stop".

Toronto Constable Jennifferjit Sidhu says they are looking for a suspect in his 20s. Police say the girl was not physically injured. "I feel safe in this community and it's just not right". Wearing a white hijab loaned from a friend, she softly gave a message to her attacker.

"The girl was courageous enough to confront the man, make some noise and then proceed to walk with a bunch of other kids realizing there's safety in numbers", she said.

"We are shocked to learn of this assault and we will be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can", Bird told CP24.

The incident caught the attention of politicians at all levels of government.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in from London, Ontario, where he was meeting with his Cabinet.

"I certainly hope that the Toronto Police Services are able to track down the person who committed this violent act and my thoughts and prayers are with the family", Scheer said.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called the attack "a cowardly act of hatred" that has no place in Ontario.

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