A woman wearing a hijab has allegedly been verbally abused, attacked with a beer bottle and had her headscarf stolen in an unprovoked attack outside a Perth shopping centre.
The victim was allegedly assaulted after an exchange of words with a man outside the Beeliar Village complex quickly escalated into a physical fight on Friday night.
According to reports, the woman was walking into a Coles store when a man called out ‘Merry Christmas’ to her.
She responded by saying ‘happy holidays’, to which the man apparently said ‘no, Merry Christmas’.
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Then, he allegedly called her a ‘f***ing Muslim c***’ before smashing his beer bottle as she walked towards him, hitting her back and shoulders.
The woman’s headscarf came off during a scuffle, before the man ran off with it and dumped it near the shopping complex.
Witnesses reportedly came to the woman’s aid before police visited her home later that evening.
The woman reported the incident to the Islamophobia Register Australia, and president Mariam Veiszadeh said she has spoken to the victim.
Western Australia Police have been contacted for comment.
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