Islamophobic crime in London ‘up by 70 percent’

London, Sep 7 (IANS) Hate crimes against Muslims in London have risen by 70 percent in the past year, a media report said on Monday.

According to official data released by the Metropolitan Police Service, figures for the 12 months up to July showed 816 Islamophobic crimes, compared with 478 for the previous 12-month period, BBC reported.

Tell MAMA, an organisation that monitors Islamophobic attacks, claimed women were the primary targets.

“We realised that at a street level Muslim women who were visible, and wore the Hijab or the headscarf, were suffering more targeted abuse,” Fiyaz Mughal, director of the organisation said.

“We also realised quite early on that women who wear Niqab, the face veil, suffered more aggressive incidents – there was something about the face veil that in a way brought out the worst in the perpetrator.”

The Met define Islamophobic crime as any offence intended to affect those known or perceived to be Muslim. Reported incidents ranged from cyber-bullying and assaults to extreme violence.

One of the highest increases was in Merton, south west London, which saw a rise from eight incidents in the year to July 2014 up to 29 in the subsequent 12-month period – an increase of 263 percent.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here