Washington: A Muslim woman from Milwaukee who was walking home from prayer was brutally attacked, her hijab allegedly ripped off in the United States by a man who she claimed repeatedly stepped on her head, prompting calls for a hate crime probe, local police told FOX6 News.
The incident happened Monday morning, April 10th around 6:00 a.m. -- and the victim was just released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon. The details of the crime have some in the Islamic community saying it was a hate crime.
"I said to myself, 'I am going to die today for sure.' So he gets up from the car and told me to come here," said the woman who was attacked.
The woman, who does not want her identity to be shared, said a car pulled up alongside her.
"And one man came from a car," she said.
That man wanted only one thing: to remove the woman's hijab, or head scarf.
"He said to take my hijab, my scarf. I tried to fight him. 'Don't take my hijab,' you know? So he threw me on the floor then he beat me like an animal," said the victim.
She said the man also took out a knife to cut her jacket and her arm. “Certainly we’re scared for our community members. As an Islamic community, we want to make sure our community is always safe. The initial reaction is shock,” said Munjed Ahmad with the Islamic Society of Milwaukee.