Toronto police is investigating an attack on an 11-year-old girl whose veil was cut on her way to school on Friday, which increased the pressure on Canadian governments to take further action against attacks on Muslims.
A police spokeswoman said that the assailant, in two attempts within 10 minutes, cut the girl’s hijab using scissors while she was walking to school with her brother.
Khawlah Noman, who is in Grade 6, told reporters at her school: “I felt confused, scared, terrified. I screamed. The man just ran away. We followed this crowd of people to be safe. He came again, and sought to cut my hijab again.”
The Toronto District School Board said it was shocked to hear about the assault which Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne called a “cowardly act of hatred” that did not represent the province.
The attack comes as Canada approaches the first anniversary of a deadly shooting in a Quebec City mosque that killed six people at prayer.
Last month, a Quebec judge suspended a law banning people from wearing niqabs and other face coverings while giving or receiving public services.