Attack on Muslim woman treated as hate crime

Took place when woman picking up children at school

An attack on a Toronto Muslim woman is being treated by police as a hate crime.

The attack took place on Monday around 3 p.m. at Grenoble Public School where the woman was picking up her children, police say.

Toronto Police stated the men were calling her a “terrorist” and told her to “go back to your country.” The men then proceeded to tear her hijab off, beat her, and steal her money and cellphone. Police said the woman was taken to the hospital and has since been released.

This incident occurred only a few days after a Peterborough mosque was set on fire. Police have also been treating this incident as a hate crime.  

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory have urged Ontarians to be cautious after the recent series of attacks.

John Tory spoke about the events saying, “I just want to say I reject, in the strongest possible terms, this kind of behaviour. I know it does not represent the way people act, or feel, or think in Toronto.”

Yesterday, two Muslim women had racial slurs said to them and one was pushed onto the Toronto subway.

Anti-Muslim graffiti has also been found on a Toronto Go Transit train.

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By: Tara Fortune
Copy editor: Ethan Manninen
Posted: Nov 20 2015 4:09 pm
Filed under: News