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Hate Crime: 3 Teens Assault Muslim Girl Leaving Mosque

26 September 2013 General 17 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

20130925-191358-gKarena Walters SunNews

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — A teenage girl roughed up by a trio of girls while walking from the mosque said she always felt safe in the community until now.

The 17-year-old received a bump on her head, scrapes and minor injuries to her hands and nose during the confrontation.

“I’ve never seen them in my life,” she said. “I felt safe walking by myself.”

Niagara Regional Police said the teen was walking on the sidewalk at Geneva Square parking lot just before 6 p.m. Sept. 17 when three girls walking behind tried to pass, made a comment, got into an argument and pushed and hit her. They then ran away.

Two 16-year-old girls have since been charged with assault and a third female youth was not charged. Their identifies are protected by the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The 17-year-old girl, who was wearing a head scarf, said she was walking from the Al-Noor Mosque, where her siblings were taking classes, to go to the Tim Hortons on Welland Ave. when she heard three girls laughing and yelling behind her.

She said one girl yelled, “Isn’t it against your religion to be out here?”

“I tried to walk away, but they cornered me at a brick wall,” she said. “The one in front of me physically attacked me.”

She said a woman walking a dog intervened and witnesses in an optometrist’s office called 911.

Paramedics checked her out at the scene and she went to hospital to have X-rays as a precaution.

Islamic Society of St. Catharines spokesman Sallah Hamdani said the level of hate crime has been on the rise not only in Niagara but throughout Canada.

“Age is no factor when it comes to ignorance,” he said.

Hamdani said the Muslim community, unfortunately, has to use incidents such as this one as teaching tools.

“We just bring this to reality and we let our youth know who we are and what we stand for,” he said.

“And to be aware there are some people that are filled with hate and may not accept you for who you are but by how you look, and make judgment.”

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17 Comments »

  1. disgusting.

  2. Thank goodness there were witnesses willing to get involved and help.

  3. i am sick of stuff like this happening. it happens because there are americans that REFUSE to progress.

  4. Wow I am so sorry to hear about this.

  5. This infuriates me no end…the cowardice and senseless hate.

  6. The “sentence” for these three “girls” should be to attend classes AT the Masjid (mosque) and get some awareness!

  7. Cowards.

  8. Typical chicken es nonsense from the ignorant, three against 1, real brave

  9. What makes some people so cruel and hateful? I just hope that the victim heals fully, inside and out. My heart goes out to her.

  10. This is repugnant. I can’t believe people do this – but I’m very happy to hear about the people who helped the girl and probably prevented more serious injury from occurring. Just goes to show that for every ignorant, vicious person in the world, there are more good-hearted people who will stand up for what’s right.

  11. One human is not better than another human. Whether we like it or not we we’re created by 1 GOD and who we are should be left to Him to judge. I always find those who choose one life over another as worse than those who are destroying faith/humanity in this world. We we’re once a united humans I hope we choose to do good despite the evil that surrounds us.

  12. may Allah guide them, glad the sister is safe

  13. People like you use the term brad..

  14. C’mon, Canada! You’re better than that!

  15. atrocious

  16. Historically these muslims want every religion race and ethnicity to convert or die, and then they will kill the kaffirs and then they will enslave all of you as dhimmis. Islamophobia is the point of islam. Fear is the point of allah and protecting it is a sign of ignorance towards islam altogether, don’t protect this menace. You’re better than that…

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