Thursday, May 8, 2014
In UK Islamophobia Victimizes Muslim Women
As Islamophobia attacks soar in UK, Muslim women have mostly become the prime victim of hate crimes targeting them due to their veils and Islamic dresses, it is said in a recent report. "This is something I have got used to since 9/11. From being called Osama Bin Laden to Paki-terrorist, I have heard it all " Zeb Mustafa, a British Muslim journalist who specializes in women rights and culture, told the Telegraph. Zeb is one the hundred Muslim women who have been facing awful abuses every day in Britain for their Islamic affiliation. Since 9/11 attacks Muslims UK Muslims have complained of discrimination and stereotypes in the society because of their Islamic attires and identities. A recent research showed that between 40 and 60 % of mosques and other Islamic centers have been (around 700) had been targeted since 9/11. Last year a Muslim helpline Tell MAMA has found that women are taking the full brunt of anti-Muslim discrimination and racial hated in Britain. It said 58 % of victims in 630 racial incidents recorded last year were women. The report revealed that majority of the physical assaults taking place on the streets targeted women wearing Islamic clothings. Zeb said, " Far-right group like EDL was threatening me to come and teach me lesson because I am a Muslim woman. I have called many things like Hummus eating, camel shagging, and Paki Muslim slut." Coming under repeated attacks in London, some of the terrified Muslim women have abandoned hijab. Along with verbal abuse, UK Muslims believe that racists have turned to social media to attack Muslims, using it as a safe heaven that veils their identities.