A Muslim woman from a university’s Islamic society was racially abused and had her face veil ripped off in a “disgusting” attack outside campus buildings, it is claimed.

The group of students were running a stall outside the Strand campus of King’s College London as part of its Discover Islam week yesterday afternoon at 1pm when they were confronted by two men.

In an altercation lasting around 30 minutes, one woman had her niqab pulled away and suffered a string of racist taunts, it has been claimed.

One of the students running the stall wrote on Facebook afterwards that she was “absolutely sickened” by the “disgusting display of racism and Islamophobia”.

Speaking on behalf of the women, Hareem Ghani, a member of the university’s Islamic Society, said the men kept asking: “Why are you wearing that on your face?”

Ms Ghani said: “It escalated from there and one of them reached out to the sisters and pulled off her niqab.

“Security were called but they only responded 15 minutes afterwards.”

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