PARIS: Islamophobic acts in France have risen by 23.5 per cent in the first half of 2015 in comparison with last year according to a report by a French nongovernmental organisation.
In a report titled "Islamophobia in France six months after the January 2015 terrorist attacks" released on Thursday by Paris based group against Islamophobia, the growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the country is reflected.
"Attacks against mosques, death threats against veiled women, school kids humiliated by their teachers, female students prohibited from wearing long skirts, religious profiling of Muslim children, propagation of hate speeches and even declarations of war on Muslims whom are portrayed as a fifth column... the consequences have been and still are dire for Muslims," the report said.
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Detailing the type of acts that have started occurring routinely in the aftermath of the 2015 Paris attacks while revealing that physical assaults increased by 500% and verbal assaults by 100% during the first few months of 2015, the report further said women are among the first victims.
"Discrimination and violence against adults are now joined by the humiliations inflicted on numerous Muslim children that have been blamed for the terrorist attacks," it added.
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However, the report added only a small number of people come forward to record their complaints about Islamophobic incidents owing to the lack of response from authorities.
Further, the report cited a dialogue between Muslim representatives and the French Ministry of Interior noting that the ministry has ‘urged police officials to accept complaints from victims of Islamophobia’.
The report comes at difficult time for the nearly six million Muslims residing in France who have been facing growing anti-Muslim hatred.
The National Observatory Against Islamophobia confirmed that 100 incidents have been recorded with the police since the Charlie Hebdo attacks of January 7.
This article originally appeared on Daily Sabah.
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