UK: Attacks on Muslim girls

UK: Attacks on Muslim girls

These are the shocking injuries inflicted upon schoolgirl Sureyya Ozkaya during a brutal daylight assault near her Thornton Heath home.

The 14-year-old’s hair was set on fire and her hands and feet were cut with glass during the attack in Grangewood Park, before her attackers smashed her head against a tree and left her bleeding in a bush.

This article was prepared by the Islam in Europe blog -

She was stumbled upon by a woman walking her dog and carried home to nearby Kitchener Road following the attack, at about 7.30pm on June 9.

Sureyya’s mother Pemdegul Kale, 39, said three girls taunted her daughter about her Muslim faith as they carried out the assault, before burning her hair with a lighter and stealing her trainers.



RACISTS launched a vicious attack on a Muslim woman who was struck on the head and almost had her headscarf torn off.

They also hurled racial abuse at the mother and her young daughter as they walked through the city.

The shocking assault has been condemned by the city's Muslim community, along with religious leaders across Exeter.

Hayat Kaddouri Roddy, of Polsloe Road, Exeter, has spoken of the frightening attack in which she describes her attackers as "animals".

The 37-year-old was with her 13-year-old daughter Huda when the assault happened in Edmund Street, in the St David's area of Exeter, close to the subway, at around 12.30pm on Tuesday.

Both were wearing hijab head-dresses, and Hayat also had on a traditional Muslim jilbab — a long dress.

Moroccan-born Hayat, who has lived in the UK for 17 years and in Exeter for several years, and her daughter were stopped by two teenagers, a boy and girl aged around 17 to 18, who refused to let them pass.

They racially abused the woman before a man aged around 27 joined in the attack.

Police are investigating the incident and are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Hayat said: "This couple stopped us and said they weren't going to let us pass. They said 'you don't belong to this country'.


Sources: Croydon Guardian, Express & Echo h/t Islamophobia Watch, Talk Islam

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