Canada PM Justin Trudeau condemns attack on Muslim girl in Toronto


An 11-year-old girl from Toronto said a man came up being her with a pair of scissors and cut her hijab while she was walking home from school on Friday with her brother.

The attack is being investigated as a hate crime, authorities said, according to CNN.

Khawlah Noman, who studies in the sixth grade, was on her way to school with younger brother when the incident took place.

"It's alleged that [the] man cut her hijab off and then fled", Constable David Hopkinson of the Toronto Police told Canadian media. She said she was on the sidewalk when she sensed a man behind her and turned to find him holding scissors.

"A student at Pauline Johnson Public School was assaulted by an unknown male while on her way to school this morning".

"He continued cutting my hijab again" before smiling and running away, said Khawlah. Once she realized what was happening she screamed and ran up to a group of friends. She was left alone, separated from the group, and the man attacked her a second time. "In the meantime, we're offering supports to the impacted student and her family", said Bird. "I felt really scared and confused because I didn't feel comfortable that people were doing this".

She described the attack at a news conference.

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"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. "I feel safe in this community, but this is not right and he should get help".

Her reaction was "what you're doing is very wrong, you should stop doing this".

Reacting on this, the officials of the Toronto District School Board said it was a shocking incident. "It's one thing to assault an adult, which is never acceptable, but for this to happen to a child - I can't tell you how horrified we all are".

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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the attack, along with other Canadian politicians. "I can't imagine how afraid she must have been", Trudeau said. "I don't know why he did that, but it's just not Canada".

"This does not represent who we are", the premier added in a statement posted to Twitter. "We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab".

Toronto Mayor John Tory also expressed his shock with what he called an "act of hatred". "Intolerance and hate of any kind, including islamophobia, has no place in our city, our province, or our country".