Police investigating report of man cutting off girl's hijab
Police investigating report of man cutting off girl's hijab
Possible hoax alert: Canadian schoolgirl claims man tried to 'cut off her hijab'
13 January, 2018, 03:58
Toronto police said they were looking for a suspect and investigating the matter as a hate crime, while the prime minister and Ontario's premier said reports of what happened did not reflect who Canadians are.
Khawlah Noman, 11, was walking to school with her brother in Toronto when they said a man came up behind her with scissors.
"It's alleged that [the] man cut her hijab off and then fled", Constable David Hopkinson of the Toronto Police told Canadian media.
He's described as a man in his 20s, Asian, medium build, about five-foot-eight-inches and six-foot, with black hair and a moustache. "What you're doing is really wrong, you should not act like this, and especially, I'm a kid", she said, directing her comments to her attacker.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked about the attack during a speech wrapping up a two-day cabinet retreat in London, Ont., on Friday afternoon. His expressed his support for the young girl and said he hoped she understood that "this is not what Canada is, and that is not what Canadians are..."
"It's just not Canada", she said. She said she sensed the man behind her and screamed.
Speaking at the podium, the girl's emotional mother told reporters she was "happy that she's safe", and said the community has been supportive of her daughter.
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Khawlah Noman, 11, is accompanied by her brother Mohammad Zakarijja and their mom Saima Samad as she recalls a man slicing her hijab as she and her sibling walked to Pauline Johnson Public School in Scarborough on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.
"I'm frustrated and I'm angry but I do believe in peace in Canada", Samad said.
Toronto police commended Khawlah for the way she had handled the incident. "I feel safe in this community and it's just not right".
"We are shocked to learn of this assault and we will be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can", the TDSB said in a statement.
"In the meantime, we are offering supports to the impacted student and her family", Bird added.
"This does not represent who we are".
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called the attack "a cowardly act of hatred". "Intolerance and hate of any kind, including Islamophobia, has no place in our city, our province or our country".
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