Muslims in south London borough urged to report hate crime after post-Brexit incidents
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Thursday June 30 2016
The Croydon Advertiser reports on advice issued by the Muslim Association of Croydon telling Muslims to report hate crime after incidents of racist abuse directed at Muslim women in the south London borough.
Ashfaq Arain, general secretary of the Muslim Association of Croydon said there has been reports of Muslim women being told to “go back home” and “leave the country” while going about their daily business since the Brexit result was declared last Friday.
Mr Arain told the local paper: “In the community we have heard of people being harassed while going to work and while going shopping since the referendum.
“Women are told to ‘go back home’ and told to leave and many of them have been born and bred in this country.
“Especially in the north of the borough as we have women who are not very good at communicating, as there is a language barrier, that has been the biggest problem that we as a community have faced.”
Mr Arain urged Muslims to report all incidents to the police or to speak to someone at their local mosque about reporting incidents via third party centres if they were reluctant to approach police stations directly.
“We don’t want them to suffer in isolation as they are at the moment as it can be a traumatic thing, especially if you are a woman and you are on your own. It’s important to let them know there is help out there,” he said.
Croydon Council cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, Hamida Ali, reinforced the message on reporting hate crimes to the police or third party reporting centres in the Borough.
She said: “It’s really important to have a better sense of what is happening in Croydon.
“Naturally as a Muslim woman myself I feel concerned. I think we would all feel concerned.”