TORONTO: An 11-year-old schoolgirl in Toronto was attacked by a man who tried to cut her Hijab twice with scissors, before fleeing.
Police say the attacker was a six-feet tall Asian man, about 20 years of age. He was wearing a black hoodie and glasses.
Khawalah Noman told reporters that she was going to school with his younger brother when she was attacked on Friday.
“He tried cutting (off) my hijab two times. I felt really scared and confused. I didn’t feel comfortable that people are doing this.”
Police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante told AFP that the incident occurred at about 9 am local time near the Pauline Johnson school in Toronto’s east side. An investigation into the act has been launched.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne condemned the incident on Twitter.
This is a cowardly act of hatred, and it has no place in Ontario. This does not represent who we are. We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab.
— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) January 12, 2018