The London police are appealing for witnesses and information about an incident in which a woman had her hijab pulled down by two men, which is thought to have been a racially motivated attack.
The incident happened on September 28 in High Road, north London at around 7:30 pm local time. The woman was walking with a female friend, crossing the road by the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, when two men came up from behind her.
One pulled down her hijab, after which both suspects ran off towards Pelham Road.
Scotland Yard described the first attacker as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, while the other was of the same age and had a Mediterranean appearance.
“That was a shocking attack in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street,” Detective Constable Ben Cousin of the Haringey Community Safety Unit told the media. “Racially and religiously-motivated crimes will not be tolerated. I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this attack to contact police.”
The Council of Europe’s commission tackling racism has noted a recent surge in xenophobic attitudes in the UK, adding that some politicians and tabloids have contributed.