Muslim woman punched, spat on in Canada

Published: June 22, 2016
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A Muslim woman shopping with her four-month-old son was attacked in a  supermarket in Ontario Canada on Monday, according to police.
PHOTO: London Police Service

A Muslim woman shopping with her four-month-old son was attacked in a supermarket in Ontario Canada on Monday, according to police. PHOTO: London Police Service

A Muslim woman, shopping with her four-month-old son, was attacked in a supermarket in Canada on Monday, according to police.

The woman was shopping at Superking Supermarket in Ontario, when another woman started yelling at her.

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The 40-year-old woman then allegedly spat on the victim, punched her several times and pulled at the victim’s hijab and hair before leaving the store, according to police. The victim sustained minor injuries.

Following the incident, police are searching for a woman with black hair, who stands five feet five inches tall. The suspect spoke with a “heavy accent,” but is not yet clear which language she was speaking.

Muslim groups have condemned the Islamophobic attack. Saleha Khan of the National Council of Canadian Muslims says the series of racially-charged events over the last few months has created a lack of trust among Muslim residents.

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“I’m tired, I’m exhausted. I am hurt and I’m disappointed,” Khan said. “Part of me doesn’t want to give up hope, because if I give up hope, I’ll probably curl up and never want to come out in public. You just sort of buckle down and say, OK, I’ve got more work to do now.”

Police were alerted about the grocery store assault by a spell of tweets posted by someone claiming to be related to the alleged victim on Monday, who eventually called police.

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“We would like to find out ourselves what…the motive was. After that, then we will continue with the investigation,” Bough said. “It’s definitely very concerning for anyone to be assaulted for no apparent reason. It’s something we need to get to the bottom of,” Bough added.

This article originally appeared on CBC.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Rahul
    Jun 22, 2016 - 3:13PM

    Canadians are some of the most friendliest and peaceful people in the world. If something pisses them off this bad then something is terribly wrong. Recommend

  • Malik Saab
    Jun 22, 2016 - 3:19PM

    Canada is one of the most open societies of the world. Stop making an issue out of one isolated incident. Pakistani media is quick when it comes to any events like that in America, Canada and in the West in general.
    But Our media outlets got a quiet mode recently when Hamza Ali Abbasi recently raised an Issue of Minorities in Pakistan and infact he was Banned.
    Demanding Equality in the West, while even banning the simple discussion of minorities in Pakistan is a simple case of Hypocrisy.Recommend

  • Curious
    Jun 22, 2016 - 3:50PM

    Strange. Canadians are normally known to be an extremely polite and gentle peopleRecommend

  • Fahim
    Jun 22, 2016 - 3:51PM

    I think responding back is best optionRecommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    Jun 22, 2016 - 6:53PM

    @Fahim: “I think responding back is best option”
    The arrogant lady of this episode was following your kind of dictate only.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Jun 22, 2016 - 10:07PM

    Didn’t the victim have a pair of fists? She was well within her rights to beat the crap out of this racist perpetrator in self defense.Recommend

  • hnr
    Jun 22, 2016 - 10:18PM

    It is unfortunate that normal muslims are taking the flak for the actions of a the extremists.These muddle headed extremists do not seem to understand the havoc they are wrecking on the lives of ordinary muslims who are seeking a normal and where possible dignified life.Recommend

  • hnr
    Jun 22, 2016 - 10:19PM

    @Fahim:
    to generate more ill feeling and bad relations..and is that a solutionRecommend

  • J.A.G (CAN)
    Jun 22, 2016 - 10:39PM

    The women who assaulted the lady in hijab is now arrested and charged.Recommend

  • Rustam
    Jun 22, 2016 - 11:59PM

    @Rahul: The incident and then your post is a trigger of reminder for untouchability, cast-ism, socio-economic inequality going on in India.Recommend

  • Sunil
    Jun 23, 2016 - 12:30AM

    @Rustam socio-economic inequality exists even in Pakistan, against Ahemdis, Ishmailis, Boharas, Bahais, and Syedis are treated as untouchability. Transgenders are mocked and threatened, killed This attack in Canada on the Muslim woman was due to Orlando, San Berdino California, Paris, Belgium attacks, Recommend

  • Revenge
    Jun 23, 2016 - 12:50AM

    @Rustam Yet Indians are far more respected than Pakistanis cause we are more educated and don’t force religions on others. Also muslims are themselves to be blamed for all these hate crimes.Recommend

  • Samrat
    Jun 23, 2016 - 12:52AM

    @Rustom Why don’t you accept the bitter reality that world does have genuine concern with one particular community and the community itself is responsible for this.Recommend

  • Anuj
    Jun 23, 2016 - 12:57AM

    @Rustom Ever wonder why people have problem with one particular community? Recommend

  • XoF
    Jun 23, 2016 - 4:59AM

    @Rahul

    Seriously…Canadians?? 1 person rage…?? you call one person rage as Canadians??? Shows your mindset for regularly passing judgments for matters when it comes to Pakistan.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jun 23, 2016 - 5:49AM

    ATTACKER was arrested and charged in Canada, awaiting trial!
    BTW, just WHEN has anyone ever been arrested, tried and convicted for any of the thousands of attacks on religious minorities (Ahmadi!) in Pakistan????
    Any slight to a Muslim in the West is grounds for a riot in Pakistan, but slaughtering of religious minorities in Muslim majority countries like Pakistan is now somehow considered a religious obligation!Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2016 - 5:58AM

    @Rustam:
    Hamaza Ali was banned just for raising minorities status in Majority Muslim Pakistan. Have a reality check before pointing your finger on others.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Jun 23, 2016 - 6:24AM

    @Rustom.. Yes – casteism, untouchability and socio-economic inequality in India are the reasons behind this woman being punched and spat on; in Canada. The same are the reasons behind growing Islamophobia in the West. Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jun 23, 2016 - 7:53AM

    @XoF:
    “Shows your mindset for regularly passing judgments for matters when it comes to Pakistan.”

    When did I say Pakistan in my comment above? But still can you blame me? Look at your country. Especially in the last four days. An Ahmedi doctor was killed, a high court judge’s son was abducted, a famous qawwal was shot dead and the was an attempted assassination on another celebrity last night in Karachi. And everyone says that peace is back in Karachi. Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jun 23, 2016 - 7:59AM

    @Rustam:
    “The incident and then your post is a trigger of reminder for untouchability, cast-ism, socio-economic inequality going on in India.”

    How’s a lady punching a Muslim lady in Canada a reminder of casteism in India. The lady wasn’t even Indian.Recommend

  • Asif
    Jun 23, 2016 - 10:09AM

    Look at your country. Especially in the last four days. An Ahmedi doctor was killed, a high court judge’s son was abducted, a famous qawwal was shot dead and the was an attempted assassination on another celebrity last night in Karachi. And everyone says that peace is back in Karachi.

    The only thing any person who knows what’s going on in Pakistan would say “Thank you India, for the above mentioned incidents”.Recommend

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