Update: Strangled to Death for Not Wearing a Hijab
UPDATE at 12/11/07 9:39:13 am:
It’s almost unbelievable, but the ultra-left Toronto Star is actually trying to whitewash this story: Hijab can divide families.
The suggestion of violent disputes between a 16-year-old girl in Mississauga and her father over her desire to show her hair and live a “normal” lifestyle raises questions about tensions between parents and children in the Muslim community.
But members of the community – particularly young Muslim women – say the tension can exist both ways.
Ausma Khan, the editor-in-chief of Toronto-based Muslim Girl magazine, said research into the readership of her publication shows that the decision to wear the hijab – the traditional Muslim headscarf – is almost always a choice the girl makes on her own.
“We have also heard from other girls saying that they don’t know if they want to wear it and that they’re unsure and that there is community or family pressure to wear it,” she said, but stressed that type of response was in the minority.
Maryam Rana, 20, a student at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus, said she has been wearing the hijab since she was in Grade 3 and was not very receptive to it at first.
“I remember when I was little, I found it weird because I was the only one who wore it so sometimes I would `forget’ it at home,” she said laughing. “Not really `forget,’ but leave it at home.”
When she grew older she wore it of her own accord and recently chose to begin covering her face as well. She said that in her experience the tension more often exists the other way around – when girls who want to wear the hijab are discouraged by their families because they fear it will make them the targets of racism.