UPDATE – January 15, 2018
“I was both relieved and saddened by today’s report that the alleged incident reported Friday in Scarborough of an attack on a girl walking to school wearing a hijab did not occur. Relieved that such a hateful act did not occur in our community. Saddened that such a serious false charge could be made, and the consequences that will have for the efforts to prevent the very real incidents that do occur.
I would like to thank the Toronto Police Service for their diligent and professional investigation of this case.
It is an unfortunate fact that attacks directed towards religious or ethnic minorities, particularly towards women, have been increasing. We as a society need to take this extremely seriously, and work to build a community and a country where such attacks are unacceptable.
We are a country that defends freedom of religion and freedom of expression. I have done so in the past, and will continue to do so in the future.”
Statement by Scarborough Centre MP Salma Zahid
January 12, 2018
“My heart goes out to Khawlah Noman, who was attacked this morning as she walked to school in Scarborough, her hijab cut with scissors. My heart goes out to her brother Mohammad Zakariyya, who was walking to school with his sister and witnessed the attack. And my heart goes out to their mother, Saima Samad, who has to explain to her children that, sadly, there are people that hate in this world.
The Scarborough I know, I love and am privileged to represent is a caring community, a welcoming community, a diverse community that celebrates and embraces our differences. Sadly, there will always be a small minority that embrace hate.
No one should ever have to experience what Khawlah has experienced. Such cowardly and hate-filled attacks have no place in our community. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today, ‘Canada is an open and welcoming country, and incidents like this cannot be tolerated.’
I have spoken with Saima Samad to express my support for her family, and I applaud Khawlah Noman for speaking up and refusing to be silenced. She is a brave young woman we are privileged to have as part of our community.
I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly act is brought swiftly to justice. If anyone has any information or any tips on the perpetrator, I urge them to please contact Toronto Police or Crimestoppers.”