A man will be tried for assaulting women wearing the hijab
A man will be tried in France for attacking two Muslim women who wore headscarves, according to the women’s lawyer.
Lawyer Nabil Boudi said on Twitter on Friday that the suspect will be charged at the Montpellier Criminal Court on September 14.
The alleged attacker will face charges in court for temporarily preventing the two women from working, using deliberate violence to target their beliefs and humiliating them.
The man, who is in his 60s, allegedly assaulted the women on March 12 in the southern city of Montpellier, surrendered to police the next day, and shortly after the prosecution opened an investigation.
Footage circulating on social media shows a man trying to forcefully grab a young woman’s phone while another hijab-wearing woman tries to pull them apart.
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The suspect also used objectionable remarks in another released video of the incident.
This is not the first time that Muslim women in France have suffered Islamophobic attacks.
A video of a man and a woman punching two Jordanian siblings went viral on social media in 2020. The video caused an outcry among social media users, who denounced the rise of racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia in the country.
In France, the Muslim community represents 8% of the population, or about 6 million people out of a total population of more than 65 million.