An attack on a pregnant veiled Muslim woman last week in Stockholm has triggered calls on Swedish women of all religious affiliations to don hijab on Monday, August 19, in a show of support to Muslim rights.
“We want people to wear a headscarf on Monday. Primarily because we want to normalize the headscarves,” said Bilan Osman, one of the initiators, to P4 Göteborg, Goteborg Daily reported.
“People view headscarves and Muslims as something alien. This could be a good opportunity to acknowledge what Muslim women go currently through.”
Reportedly, the attack was provoked by her wearing a hijab.The attack occurred last Friday when a pregnant woman was attacked in Farsta outside Stockholm
According to a friend of the attacked woman, who spoke to Sveriges Radio, the woman’s headscarf was first torn off, before the attackers proceeded to beat her head against a car until she passed out. The incident also involved racist taunts.