The anonymous victim
was treated in hospital after the assault, which took place as she walked home
from morning prayers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Though police are investigating, no arrests have been made.
“I said to myself, ‘I am going to die today for
sure,'” the victim told the local news station, according to the
Independent. “So he gets up from the car and told me to come here. 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.”
The attacker fled the scene of the crime, close to the
Islamic Society of Milwaukee. The religious organization is based in the Town
of Lake suburb, close to General Mitchell International Airport.
There are an estimated 10- to 15,000 Muslims worshipping
across the wider county of Milwaukee, according to religious leaders.
Munjed Ahmad, a spokesperson for the society, said: “Nothing was stolen. There was no robbery. Her valuables remain with her.
“The only motive we can think of – because everything
stayed with her and this individual went straight for her scarf – is a hate
The number of hate groups specifically targeting Muslims in
the US nearly tripled across 2016, and figures from major cities suggest that
Islamophobic hate crime has been on the rise since Donald Trump was elected.
The Southern Poverty Law Centre documented close to 900
incidents of harassment and intimidation in just 10 days after the US