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Muslim woman attacked outside of her children’s school in Flemingdon Park

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Nov 17th, 2015

Toronto police say they are treating a brazen assault on a Muslim woman near an elementary school in the Flemingdon Park area as a hate crime.

The woman was picking up her children from Grenoble Public School on Monday when she was attacked by two men, police told CityNews.

Police said the incident occurred around 3 p.m. near Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East.

The two men approached the woman and started hurling anti-Islamic and racist profanities at her.

Police said the men started calling the woman a “terrorist” and said “go back to your country.”

One of the men started punching the woman in the stomach and a second man ripped off her hijab during the assault. The woman yelled for them to stop.

Police said her cellphone was stolen during the assault.

The woman’s brother, a man named Owais, said he was shaking with rage when he first heard about the incident.

“I was already told on the phone that the situation looks like a hate crime, from an officer that called me,” he said.

Owais said that when he arrived on scene an ambulance was already taking his sister to the hospital.

“When I saw her obviously she was crying … her kids were crying,” he said. “Which is a scene that no human wants to see.”

Owais said that normally his sister has her three year old with her when she goes to pick up her two other children from school, but thankfully decided to leave the three year old with her sister.

She was taken to hospital and was complaining of severe stomach pains but was released from hospital later the same day.

Owais said his sister was protecting her face when the man was punching her and that she also got hit in her jaw.

“I don’t know what human, if they are human, could do that to anybody,” he said.

Owais said that the neighbourhood is a tight knit community and “according to my sister she has never seen these males in this community.”

His sister said the men were between the ages of 30 and 35 years old.

Police are searching for two suspects and described them as white men.

“The main thing is we need to get together as a community of Muslims, as Torontonians, and catch them,” said Owais. “This is not going to beat us … we are not going anywhere.”

And not far from where that attacked happened, a relative of the woman found anti-Muslim graffiti written on the wall inside their apartment building on Saint Dennis Drive, which says “Muslims not welcome.”

Police have confirmed that they’re investigating but so far have found no connection between the assault and the graffiti.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police.


  • Valerie Darsigny says:

    I cant beleive they do that to this poor women. They are not better than the terrorists 🙁 I am so sad of how the people react because of fears… I really hope this women will not ”start” to hate us white people. I am disgusting of this situation…it is really terrible… sooooo sad 🙁

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