Attackers have ripped the hijab off a Muslim woman while picking up her children after school in London.
After asking if it was hot wearing hijab, “they pulled my headscarf off and started punching and kicking me,” RT quoted the young woman as saying in a report on Sunday.
The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, said she suffered whiplash and clumps of her hair were pulled out during the attack, which happened on Thursday.
“One was dragging my head down while the others were hitting me. They were being so racist and using derogatory terms,” she said.
“We take any offense seriously. We have made two arrests in connection with our ongoing investigation,” said a Metropolitan Police spokesman.
The two women responsible for the attack were released on bail after being questioned by police.
Muslims have been the main targets of racist attacks in the UK and other European countries since the rise of the ISIL Takfiri militants and anti-immigration atmosphere created by right-wing and mainstream political parties.
The Muslim Council of Britain has censured the spike in such hate crimes which has risen from a total of 15,249 incidents in 2012 to 17,605 in 2014.
“With racist bullying in schools attributed to Islamophobia on the rise according to ChildLine, job discrimination against Muslims commonplace and regular attacks against Muslims … there is a serious concern that needs to be both acknowledged and tackled,” said secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain Dr. Shuja Shafi.