Two Pakistani Woman Beaten Up By US Women Over Wearing Hijab


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NEW YORK, July 16 (APP) – A Pakistani woman visiting the famous Niagara Falls on the northwestern corner of New York State was assaulted in what is seen here as “a troubling symptom” of increased anti-Muslim sentiment across the the United States, according to media reports on Saturday.
The unnamed 26-year-old Pakistani victim, wearing a hijab, was on her way to meet her husband in a parking lot when two American women in a van shouted ethnic and racial slurs before physically attacking her, The Buffalo News reported. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights body, said the assailants called her a “bloody Paki.” The victim told CAIR she was dressed in traditional Pakistani attire at the time of the attack.
One attacker was charged with third-degree assault as a hate crime. A second assailant is being sought by police. “What may appear to be isolated hate crimes may be more accurately viewed as a troubling symptom of the growing level of Islamophobia in our society,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.
Citing witnesses, the newspaper reported the two women continued yelling at the victim even after she met her husband in the parking lot, and when the victim asked why they were swearing at her, the two women got out of the van and assaulted her. Before her husband could intervene, the victim was slapped in the face, knocked to the ground, punched and kicked repeatedly, police said.
Her hair also was pulled, and she suffered bruises, pain and swelling on her head and body. “How do you prevent something like this if [you’re a] law enforcement officer?” asked CAIR’s Hooper. “It’s almost impossible,” Hooper said.
“I think it’s more of a job for religious and political leaders, who need to speak out against this anti-Muslim sentiment in our society, so that those who carry out these attacks don’t see tacit approval of their actions in the silence of public officials.”

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