Toronto

Woman wearing hijab targeted for assault, Peel police say

Police say a woman in Mississauga who was assaulted as she left work was targeted because she was wearing a hijab, and are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Suspect made derogatory comments toward victim, who was aided by Good Samaritan

Peel police have released an image of a suspect in an alleged assault against a woman wearing a hijab in Mississauga last month. (Peel police)

Police say a woman in Mississauga who was assaulted as she left work was targeted because she was wearing a hijab, and are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

The incident took place last month, as the victim was leaving work in the Dundas Street West and Hurontario Street area.

Police say a 26-year-old woman was leaving work around 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 when a man approached, grabbed her by the shoulders and made derogatory remarks to her.

A passerby intervened and stopped the attack, and the suspect fled on foot.

The victim was not injured. 
Peel police have released an image of a suspect in an alleged assault against a woman wearing a hijab in Mississauga last month. (Peel police)

Investigators have released a sketch of their suspect. They are looking for a white male, between 40 and 50 years of age who stands between 5'-8" and 5'-10" and has brown eyes, reddish-brown hair, a goatee and a stocky build.

At the time of the incident he was wearing glasses, a dark-coloured hoodie and dark jeans.

Peel police are appealing to the Good Samaritan who helped the victim to come forward to provide more information about the incident and the suspect. They are also asking anyone with any information to get in touch.

Witnesses are encouraged to contact the 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 1233, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

The incident follows numerous incidents around the GTA in which Muslims wearing religious head coverings were physically or verbally attacked.

Last month, a Muslim student at the University of Toronto says he was spat on and insulted outside the school's Robarts Library. At the time, Osama Omar was wearing a topi, a rounded skullcap worn by some Muslims.

Days before, police allege that a Muslim woman was punched in the stomach and face, called "a terrorist" and told to go back home as she walked in the Flemingdon Park area to pick up her children from school.

And in Peterborough, police are investigating an arson at the city's only mosque.

now