Canadian woman’s hijab pulling called a hate crime

News Agencies  – March 9, 2012

The Kingston, Ontario Police Force are asking for the public’s help after a woman allegedly pulled on another woman’s hijab, which police are calling a hate crime assault. Police said a woman was finishing her grocery shopping at a store when another customer came from behind her and pulled on her hijab. They said the suspect yanked the head covering so hard it forced the victim to bend backward. The suspect then let go and left the store without saying a word.

The female suspect is described as Caucasian, slim, about 40 to 45 years old, with long black hair and was with a male companion. The Kingston case is similar to a November incident in Toronto, when Inas Kadri, a Muslim woman who wears a niqab face veil, was assaulted by a stranger while shopping. The attacker, Rosemarie Creswell, later pleaded guilty after surveillance footage of the attack was played in court.

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