Woman recounts being attacked on Montreal subway ‘for wearing hijab’

Hanane Mehdi was taking the subway to work in downtown Montreal on Tuesday when she says she was the victim of a racist attack. (Photo courtesy: TVA)

A veiled woman was victim of an attack this week in downtown Montreal, Canada-based Le Journal de Montreal reported.

Hanane Mehdi, who was taking the subway to go to work, was aggressed for wearing the Islamic veil by another woman.

She was told to “return to your country” by a woman who later hit her in the face.

“She started hitting me in the face, which got all red. I felt her hitting me from behind until people got involved,” Mehdi said.

Talking about the incident, Mehdi’s daughter Marwa said: “I was so scared I was sick."

“I didn't know it could happen to my mother and I almost cried because I love my mom and I don't want that to happen to her.”

Following the incident, Mehdi, who did not return to work since the attack, filed a complaint against the woman.

An investigation is under way as police review surveillance camera footage.

The Muslim population exceeded the one million mark, according to a 2013 survey, almost doubling its population for the third-consecutive decade.
 

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