Hate crimes against Muslims soar by 300 per cent in UK

Updated: 24 November, 2015 11:17 IST | Agencies |

Following the Paris terror attacks, Islamophobic hate crimes against British Muslims increased to at least 115 over a period of seven days

London: There has been a 300% spike in Islamophobic hate crimes in Britain since ISIS’ horrific Paris attacks with most victims being Muslim women wearing traditional Islamic dress.

Children hold posters reading ‘Islam is Peace’, ‘Terrorism has no religion’ during a demonstration
Children hold posters reading ‘Islam is Peace’, ‘Terrorism has no religion’ during a demonstration

A report to the British government’s working group on anti-Muslim hatred shows a spike in Islamophobic hate crime of more than 300%, to 115, in the week following the attack in Paris Muslims living in Britain have suffered more than 100 racial attacks since the terrorist atrocities in Paris, a newspaper report said, citing figures prepared for ministers.

A man shows a placard reading “Not In my Name” during a demonstration  to speak out against terrorism a week after Paris attacks. pics/afp
A man shows a placard reading “Not In my Name” during a demonstration  to speak out against terrorism a week after Paris attacks. Pics/AFP

Most victims of the UK hate crimes were Muslim girls and women aged from 14 to 45 years in traditional Islamic dress. The perpetrators were mainly white males aged from 15 to 35 years, it said. The report said a large number of the reported attacks were in public places, including on buses and trains. Thirty-four victims were women wearing the hijab, while eight involved young kids.

“Many of the victims have suggested that no one came to their assistance or even consoled them, meaning that they felt victimised, embarrassed, alone and angry about what had taken place against them. Sixteen of the victims even mentioned that they would be fearful of going out in the future and that the experiences had affected their confidence,” the report stated.

“Out of these cases on public transport, eight involved children, who had heard comments against their mothers, and the mothers said their children had seen them being fearful as perpetrators took aggressive physical postures against them,” it states.

'Major reason for horror in Syria was a drought that lasted for 5-6 years'

London: UK’s Prince Charles yesterday said that climate change may have been a leading factor in the civil war in Syria as a drought that lasted over five years forced thousands off their lands.

Prince Charles
Prince Charles

Prince Charles, who is an outspoken critic of the world’s handling of environmental issues, said he has warned many years ago that there would be rising conflict over scarce resources if the issue was not tackled.

“And there’s very good evidence indeed that one of the major reasons for this horror in Syria, funnily enough, was a drought that lasted for about five or six years, which meant that huge numbers of people in the end had to leave the land,” Prince of Wales said.

34 The number of women attacked in UK who were wearing hijab

15-35years The age group to which the perpetrators of the hate crimes belonged

When cats guarded and cops raided...
Brussels: Belgian police offered a virtual bowl of pet food to internet cats yesterday to thank social media users for agreeing to pause their posts during a major anti-terrorism operation in Brussels.

“For the cats that helped us last night... help yourselves!” Belgian police said on their Twitter account, with a photo of a metal bowl with the police logo in French and Flemish, filled with cat food pellets.

It was retweeted more than 4,400 times in French and 1,400 times in Flemish.

The Twitter hashtag #BrusselsLockdown went viral on Sunday night when social media users posted pictures of their feline friends —a light-hearted response to an official request from police not to put information about their operation on the internet.
There were pictures of cats with guns, cats looking scared, cats with helmets on and even a surreal picture of two Star Wars stormtroopers riding hover scooters shaped like cats.

First Published: 24 November, 2015 09:32 IST

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