A Muslim woman waiting for her children outside the Grenoble Public School in Toronto faced what can be called the backlash of recent terrorist attacks taking place under the name of Islam.
Two men approached the woman and began hurling anti-Islamic and racist comments at her, after which they called her a “terrorist” and even told her to go back to her own country, according to the police who spoke to CityNews.
However, things didn’t end here, and took a rather violent turn when one of the men started punching the woman in her stomach while the other pulled off her hijab during the assault.
The woman yelled, telling them to stop, but to no avail, as the men stole her cell phone and escaped.
“I was already told on the phone that the situation looks like a hate crime, from an officer that called me,” said the woman’s enraged brother, Owais.
When he arrived at the scene, his sister had already been transported to the hospital via ambulance.
“When I saw her obviously she was crying… her kids were crying,” he said. “Which is a scene that no human wants to see.”
The victim suffered severe stomach pains due to the bashing she received but was discharged from the hospital the same day.
Police are now searching for the suspects,, both white men between 30 and 35 years of age.
“The main thing is we need to get together as a community of Muslims, as Torontonians, and catch them,” said Owais. “This is not going to beat us … we are not going anywhere.”
This is not the first attack of its kind in Canada this week. In what is being called a hate crime by the police, a mosque was recently set ablaze in Peterborough, Ontario. Fortunately, no lives were lost but the building has been deemed unusable until further notice.
Such events only go to show while it’s important for world leaders to take steps against terrorists, measures to protect Muslims from backlash or possible reprisal attacks must also be taken.