London: Muslim woman target of hate crime

In her twitter message released on Sunday night, Aniso Abdulkadir said ”This man at Baker Street station forcefully attempted to pull my hijab off and when I instinctively grabbed a hold of my scarf he hit me.”

London police spokesman pointed to the attempt as a racist act, saying investigations are underway.

Abdulkadir twitter message was retweeted for over 28,000 times and some 200 people expressed their sympathy over the racist act.

Meanwhile, a recent acid attack, happened in London on July 13, leaving five injured.

In another attempt, a car attack on prayers in northern London claimed one life and injured several others.

The British newspaper ‘Independent’ has earlier reported that hate crimes involving racial and religious discrimination have soared at an unprecedented rate since the Brexit vote, adding that it can reveal prompting warnings that minority groups feel “more vulnerable than ever”.

“Police figures obtained through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests show incidents surged by 23 per cent – from 40,741 to 49,921 – in the 11 months after the EU referendum, compared with the same period the previous year, marking an unparalleled rise,” said the British newspaper.

It added, “Gwent in Wales saw the highest increase, with the number of incidents rising by 77 per cent, from 367 to 649. Reports of racially and religiously aggravated hate crimes also rose considerably in Kent (66 per cent, from 874 to 1,452), Warwickshire (65 per cent, 286 to 471) and Nottinghamshire (57 per cent, 681 to 1,071).”

Founder of Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND), Sufyan Ismail, said that the recent terror attacks had also provoked a spike in hate crime which will have contributed to the new figures.

“Our Islamophobia Response Unit has seen a considerable rise is hate crime cases reported to us; many Muslims are feeling more vulnerable than ever,” The Independent quoted Ismail as saying.


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