Canada, one of the most developed country in the world faces a glimpse of under coward act when a man in scissors stalked up an 11 year old Toronto girl and cut her hijab repeatedly as she walked to school.
Khawlah Noman, a Grade 6 student, was walking to Pauline Johnson Junior Public School with her younger brother in east Toronto when the incident took place.
The girl said a man came up behind her, pulled off her jacket hood, and started cutting the bottom of her hijab. To her astonishment, she looked back and screamed.
The man ran off, Khawlah said, noting that she crossed the street with her brother to join other students walking to school.
But a short time later, the man approached her from behind again and started cutting her hijab once more, she said. Khawlah said she turned around to confront him, but he smiled and ran off again.
School staff reported the incident to police around 9:15 a.m., shortly after Khawlah told them what happened, Toronto police said, noting that they were searching for a suspect in his 20s.
According to sources they were looking for an Asian man, of medium build, around 5’8-6’0, with black hair, a moustache and glasses, and wearing a black hoodie and pants.
The girl’s mother said she was angry someone would target a child, but was relieved her daughter was not physically harmed.
Toronto police praised Khawlah’s bravery to confront the man and the way she had handled the incident.
The Toronto District School Board said it was offering support to Khawlah and her family, as well as other students, and working with investigators on the case.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had all sympathy for the girl.
“I can’t imagine how afraid she must have been, I want her and her family and her friends and community to know that that is not what Canada is and that is not who Canadians are.” Trudeau said at a cabinet retreat in London, Ont.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called the incident “a cowardly act of hatred.”
“This does not represent who we are,” Wynne wrote in a tweet. “We must stand firm in our support of this young girl who was assaulted simply for wearing a hijab.”
Toronto’s mayor added that he was “shocked and appalled.”
“No child should ever be afraid walking to school in Toronto because of what they are wearing or for any other reason,” John Tory said. “Intolerance and hate of any kind, including islamophobia, has no place in our city, our province, or our country.”
This cowardliness act of nonsense left the girl terrified and confused.
Investigations were adopted immediately as soon as the incident is learnt by Toronto police, they said they were looking for a suspect and investigating the matter as a hate crime.
The prime minister and Ontario’s premier said the incident did not reflect who Canadians are.
“I turned around and I saw him with his scissors,” Khawlah said. “I screamed.”
“This is terrible and I do not like it,” she told reporters at a news conference at her school hours after the incident. “I felt confused, scared, terrified.”
Khawlah — who appeared alongside her mother and her brother — said she is now afraid to walk to school, but was comforted by the support of her school and family.
“What you’re doing is really wrong, you should not act like this, and especially, I’m a kid,” she said, addressing her attacker directly at one point.
Khawlah, who was wearing a white hijab loaned from a friend, said her own light blue hijab that she had been wearing earlier in the day had been left with a cut that was about 30 centimetres long.
“I don’t know why he did that, but it’s just not Canada,” Saima Samad said. “I feel safe in this community, but this is not right and he should get help.”
Canada is all ready to entertain no nonsense which is un justified. Canadian administration clarified that it is one of the safest place in the world for all irrespective of any community or religion.
This act not only justifies in rights preservation but also escalating in eradicating all sort of crime or misbehaviour. It proved that no matter what happens Canada is never rattled by anything, it will always retain its purity.
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