A young Muslim mother was assaulted at a grocery store in London, Ontario, Canada. It was just a simple trip to the grocery store, but ended up with her getting her hijab ripped off of her head after the attacker spat in her face.
The victim, who did not want to be named, said:
“I do worry about the safety of all Muslim women who wear hijab … Before I thought it was just a statistic that I would see happen to people, but now I know it’s real and it happened to me.”
It started with the attacker just glaring at her, and muttering things under her breath. When this vicious person spat in this Muslim woman’s face, she slapped back at her attacker.
This led to this innocent Muslim mother being thrown against the wall and punched multiple times – in front of her four-month-old son. The hijab came off of her head during the struggle.
The scariest part? No one jumped in to help this innocent woman. They all just watched and did nothing about what is being called a hate crime by the woman and her family.
The 38-year-old suspect was arrested, and is being charged with assault. The police spokeswoman, Sandasha Bough, said this in a statement:
“We don’t have a motive for the assault right now. We don’t have any information that this is a hate motivated offence. In what you’re seeing and what you’re hearing and what was provided through social media Tuesday it would lead people to believe that. But right now we’re looking at it as an assault.”
She also said:
“We’re asking anybody who saw or heard anything to let us know. We’re really, really hoping that the public can help. We’ve spoken to witnesses, but we’re still looking for more.”
It certainly seems like this attack was motivated by hate, but we don’t know exactly what the attacker’s motivations were, or what she said. The police are investigating it only as an assault.
Here is a YouTuber talking about the incident:
Featured Image By London Police Service Via CBC News.