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Calls For Hate Crime Legislation After Dirty Dozen Batter Muslim Girl

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Gardaí in Dublin are investigating after a Muslim teenager was subjected to a horrifying assault while having her hijab removed by a gang of teenagers in the south-side village of Dundrum on Sunday afternoon, not far from the Dundrum town centre complex.

In a now widely viewed online video the the victim is forced to the ground and kicked on several occasions while hit with a number of eggs.

The accompanying video message suggested that the attack was entirely unprovoked and that her hijab was removed during the incident.

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Several of the alleged assailants are clearly identifiable and its reported that local gardaí have been made aware of the video and have launched a full investigation.

The victim of the apparent assault can be heard crying, while a broken egg and its shell are visible on the ground. Gardaí confirmed their intentions.

“Gardaí are investigating an alleged minor assault of a female in her teens, which occurred on Sunday 18th August 2019 at approximately 15:30 on Main Street, Dundrum.”

Fine Gael Minister Josepha Madigan said she hopes the perpetrators of this crime are brought to justice swiftly. ” I condemn in the strongest possible terms the assault on a Muslim girl who had her hijab taken from her in Dundrum village yesterday. I hope the perpetrators are brought to justice quickly.”

However Dr. Ali Selim, the prominent Irish-based Islamic Expert and Trinity college lecturer says it is an outright hate crime and called for a change in the legistlation.

”It was a crime against this girl’s religious identity as well as the long cherished Irish norm of cohesiveness. It was a hate crime and there is a desperate need now for a hate crime legislation. Something we did not need in the past but the current diversity of the Irish society makes it a must.”