Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Schoolgirl declares that man with scissors cut her hijab

Schoolgirl declares that man with scissors cut her hijab

Speaking at a press conference Friday, the victim, 11-year-old Khawlah Noman, says the man smiled at her when he cut her hijab.

Talking to reporters through tears, Khawlah's mother said she has lived in Canada for 25 years and has always felt safe in the community.

The assault against Khawlah, a student at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School in Scarborough, is being condemned by leaders from all three levels of government as unrepresentative of Canadian values.

The attacker, in 10 minutes, repeatedly cut the girl's hijab using scissors while she was walking to school with her brother.

"It's alleged that [the] man cut her hijab off and then fled", Constable David Hopkinson of the Toronto Police told Canadian media.

Sidhu says when the girl turned to confront him, he ran away.

She added that the incident was not being investigated as a hate crime at the moment, but it will be considered by investigators.

Police described the assailant as an Asian male wearing a black hoodie and glasses.

"It does not represent who we are (as Canadians)", Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a Twitter message. He was last seen wearing black prescription glasses, a black sweater with the hood up, black trousers and brown gloves. Protected from the rain was the 11-year-old's light blue hijab - the target of a man holding a pair of scissors with a blue handle. "Young kids coming to school shouldn't have to face this".

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

Toronto police are investigating after a girl was attacked by a man wielding scissors in Scarborough Friday. Her and her brother chose to cross the road and walk with a bigger group of people.

Noman's mother Saima Samad also talked to reporters at the school.

"I feel this is awful and I do not like it".

Toronto District School Board spokesman Ryan Bird says staff contacted police and the girl's parents shortly after she arrived at school.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: "My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman following this morning's cowardly attack on her in Toronto".

"We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab", she said. And we'll be working closely with police to offer any assistance that we can.

Mayor John Tory said he was "shocked and appalled" by the incident, stating, "No child should ever be afraid walking to school in Toronto because of what they are wearing". "I certainly hope that the Toronto police services are able to track down the person who committed this violent act". "Intolerance and hate of any kind, including Islamophobia, has no place in our city, our province, or our country".

"I want her and her family and her friends and community to know that that is not what Canada is".

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called the attack "a cowardly act of hatred". "This is not who we are". "We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab", she added.

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