The Birmingham Mail has reported a particularly vicious assault against a young Muslim female on the 23rd of November at 7:30 am. The Muslim teenager was apparently ‘punched in the face in broad daylight’ as she was walking along New Street and she feels that she was targeted because she wears the Hijab, and that her visibility made her a target for the assault.
The newspaper reported that the young female now feels scared to walk in the City centre and stated that:
” I was walking to the train station to meet some friends when someone shoved me from behind,” she told the Birmingham Mail.
“When I turned around he punched me in the face and then just went off.
“I was really upset afterwards. I can only think it was because he saw my hijab as he didn’t take my bag or anything.
“I’ve lived in Birmingham all my life and I’ve never experienced something like this before.”
The teenager also stated that her mother suggested she take off the Hijab and wear a hat and this is something that we have heard before from Muslim females.
We hope that individuals feel that they are able to report in such incidents and given the seriousness of this crime, it is right that the victim contacted the police. Whilst such hate incidents of assault are rare, nonetheless, it is essential that perpetrators are brought to justice.
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