Islamophobic attacks increase 65% in London

Metropolitan Police figures have shown offences have increased from 344 to 570 in the last year.

Islamophobic attacks increase 65% in London

World Bulletin / News Desk

Islamophobic hate crimes against Muslims in London has risen by 65% over the last 12 months, Metropolitan Police figures have shown.

Offences have increased from 344 to 570 in the last year, with many attacks targeting women wearing the headscarf.

BBC's Asian Network reporter Shabnam Mahmood spoke to a mother-of-two, Asma Sheikh, who has been a victim of abuse.

She said that after major events such as the beheading of the British journalists in Iraq by ISIL militants, there is a spike in attacks, noting that her car and the cars of her friends have been vandalized.

In addition to having her tyres burst, the small business owner said she had the words 'Go Back Home' left on her windscreen.

'Why should I have to re-route my life in the fear of not being accepted?' she asked, pointing out that some of her female Muslim friends have resorted to removing their veils due to intimidation by the public.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Ekim 2014, 11:15
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