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Women wearing hijab leave a prayer room in Le Bourget, outside Paris, on April 6, 2012.

Women wearing hijab leave a prayer room in Le Bourget, outside Paris, on April 6, 2012.

We have seen a huge increase in hate crimes on these cases. 92 percent of the victims are women." Marwan Muhammad from Collective Against Islamophobia
France's war on Muslim women hijab has led to an increase in the rate of hate crimes against Muslims in the country, an activist tells Press TV. In an interview with Press TV, Marwan Muhammad from Collective Against Islamophobia said that the hate crimes against Muslims increased “because some of the perpetrators feel empowered in last few years.” “We have seen a huge increase in hate crimes on these cases. 92 percent of the victims are women,” Muhammad said. “Whenever a Muslim woman tries to practice her religion and engage with the rest of the society, French ideology is to ban her from doing so and we claim that we do this for the sake of women’s freedom… which is not the real definition of freedom,” he added. France has an extremely strict law forbidding displays of religion they deem ostentatious. At several major cities, airport security officials force Muslim women to publicly remove their hijab in the name of safety. Nantes Atlantique Airport has made it obligatory for veiled women to take off their hijab and place it in the X-ray machine along with their other belongings. This is while security officials do not have the authority to ask women to take their headscarves off according to EU airport security regulations. AGB/JR
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