Man accused of beating daughter who refused to wear hijab
Gatineau police urge others to follow teenager's lead, report so-called 'honour-based' violence
Gatineau police have charged a man for allegedly beating his teenage daughter over the course of more than a year because she refused to wear a hijab.
The 35-year-old father is facing one count each of assault, assault with a weapon and uttering death threats, police said in a news release Thursday.
In what police described as a case of so-called "honour-based" violence, the father began the series of assaults upon learning his daughter had removed her religious head covering when she left the family home.
Gatineau police said they hope the courage the young girl showed would motivate others to speak out against similar incidents. The release also included some phone numbers for local resources for victims of violence.
Below is a list of the community resources:
Centre d'aide aux victimes d'actes criminels: 819 778-3555
Association des femmes immigrantes de l'Outaouais: 819 776-6764
Centre d'entraide La Destinée: 819 561-7474
L'Antre-Hulloise: 819 778-0997
Pour Elles des Deux Vallées (Buckingham): 819 986-8286
L'Autre chez soi (Aylmer): 819 685-0006
Le Centre Mechtilde (Hull): 819 777-2952
Maison Unies-Vers-Femmes (Gatineau): 819 568-4710