Shocking moment hijab-wearing girl is attacked from behind and knocked to the floor unconscious as police reveal huge rise in hate crimes against Muslims
Evil Vicious Racist Black Man – Michael Ayoade
- Tasneem Kabir, 16, was knocked unconscious as she walked to college
- Her attacker, Michael Ayoade, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty
- It is an example of the Islamaphobic offences that are on the rise in London
- Around 60 per cent of victims are women who wear a headscarf or hijab
This shocking video shows the moment a 16-year-old girl wearing a hijab was struck in the head in an unprovoked attack on an east London street.
Tasneem Kabir suffered broken teeth and a smashed lip after she was hit by Michael Ayoade, 34, as she walked to college in Plaistow, Newham, on the afternoon of November 13, 2012.
He was arrested after police released CCTV footage of the horrific attack, which showed Ayoade jogging away from the scene as Miss Kabir lay unconscious on the ground.
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Vicious: CCTV footage shows Michael Ayoade, 34, following teenager Tasneem Kabir (left) before striking the teenager (right) in an unprovoked attack as she walked to college in east London on November 13, 2012
Brutal: The video showed Ayoade jogging away from the scene, leaving Miss Kabir unconscious on the ground
Ayoade, who is originally from Nigeria, was jailed for four years in February 2013 after pleading guilty to two ‘vicious’ attacks on Tasneem and another young woman.
Miss Kabir’s assault is an example of the Islamaphobic attacks being investigated in Inside Out London Special, which will be aired on BBC London tonight.
It comes as police revealed there has been a sharp rise in the number of hate crimes against Muslims in the capital, with women who wear a headscarf or hijab accounting for some 60 per cent of victims.
The 13-second video of Miss Kabir’s attack shows the victim walking near the Black Lion pub in High Street, Plaistow, before Ayoade jogs up behind her and punches her in the head.
She immediately falls to the pavement, where she was left lying unconscious.
Ayoade had followed the teenager, who is 5ft 5in, for around 800 metres before he struck. The security camera also captures him fleeing the scene.
Islamaphobic attacks are becoming increasingly common in the capital, police figures reveal.
There was a 70 per cent increase in the number of attacks recorded between July 2014 and July this year compared with the previous 12 months, according to the Metropolitan Police.
Caught: Ayoade was arrested and later jailed after police released CCTV footage of the horrific attack
But some London boroughs saw figures more than double. Merton witnessed the biggest increase, rising 262 per cent from eight to 29.
Meanwhile, nine crimes were reported in Richmond-upon-Thames, compared to just one in the previous year.
Fiyaz Mughal, from Tell Mama, an organisation with monitors Islamophobic incidents, said around 60 per cent of victims are women who wear a headscarf or hijab.
He told the BBC: ‘We also realised quite early on that women who wear niqab, the face veil, suffered more aggressive incidents – there was something about the face veil that in a way brought out the worst in the perpetrator.’
The Metropolitan Police attributed the increase part to a willingness of victims to report crime and an awareness of police staff in being able to identify those particular offences.
Worrying: Miss Kabir’s assault is an example of the Islamaphobic attacks that are on the rise in the capital
The force said events around the world and holy days can also ‘influence a rise in hate crime incidents’ as more officers are on patrol and victims may be more likely to report crime.
Commander Mak Chishty said: ‘We will not tolerate hate crime and take positive action to investigate all allegations, support victims and arrest offenders.
‘Victims of hate crime must be assured that they will be taken seriously by the police.
‘We have more than 900 specialist officers across London working in our community safety units who are dedicated to investigating hate crime.
‘We are always seeking ways to increase reporting and work with a number of third party reporting sites so that victims who feel unable to approach police direct can report crime to non-police organisations and individuals.
‘Victims of hate crime can in addition now report online on the Met’s website. No one should suffer in silence, so please report hate crime to us as soon as possible so we can act.’
‘JUST BECAUSE OF THE WAY I DRESS PEOPLE DON’T THINK THAT I’M WORTH RESCUING’: MUSLIM WOMEN RECALL HUMILIATING ATTACKS BY STRANGERS
Attacked on her way home: Meanha Begum
Teenager Meanha Begum was subjected to an Islamaphobic attack as she walked home one evening with a friend.
The 18-year-old, who was brought up in east London, wears a Niqab – a veil that leaves only the eyes uncovered – and said she has become used to being insulted over the way she dresses.
Hers is one of the stories that is told in tonight’s episode of BBC Inside Out London.
Recalling the night she was attacked, she said a woman approached her and a friend.
‘She was saying: “What are you doing here, we don’t trust you, you need to get that off your face”.
‘She pulled my face veil down and pushed me to the floor. She then turned on my friend and started punching and kicking her.’
Ms Begum said there were several witnesses but that no one came to their aid. Some even laughed and turned their backs, she said.
‘I felt disappointed and heavy hearted,’ she added. ‘Just because of the way I dress people don’t think that I’m worth rescuing.’
Mother-of-two Joni Clark is another Muslim woman who has spoken to the BBC about her experience of discrimination.
On one occasion, a man threw a lit cigarette at the 22-year-old as she was waiting to cross the road with her sons.
Ms Clark said the abuse she suffered on the street was so bad that she decided to move her family from Penge, south east London, to Whitechapel – an area known for its large Muslim community.
She said: ‘People always say Muslims isolate themselves and we don’t mix with others but actually it is others who don’t want to mix with us.’
Hasina Khan was spat at by a stranger during a ‘humiliating’ assault in a Bristol shopping centre.
She was on her way to work when a man approached her and remembers him ‘saying something about “your people killing Christians in the Middle East”.’
The 36-year-old told BBC Inside Out London that it is ‘predominantly women’ that are getting attacked but ‘the majority of women don’t report the incidents’.
‘They just accept that’s the sort of society they are living in at the moment,’ she added.
Targeted with her children: Mother-of-two Joni Clark, left. Hasina Khan, right, was spat at by a stranger
- BBC Inside Out London is on BBC One in the London region on Monday 7 September at 19:30 BST, nationwide on the BBC News Channel at 20:30 and later on the BBC iPlayer