20 August 2013, 09:36

Swedish women have been posting photos of themselves in hijabs in solidarity with a pregnant Muslim woman attacked for wearing a veil last week in Stockholm.

Using the hashtag #hijabuppropet (hijab outcry) a number of women across Sweden published pictures of themselves on Twitter and other social media websites.

Among the protesters from various faiths were politicians and TV hosts.

The campaigners urged the government to "ensure that Swedish Muslim women are guaranteed the right to... religious freedom".

“People view headscarves and Muslims as something alien. This could be a good opportunity to acknowledge what Muslim women go currently through,” said Bilan Osman, one of the initiators of the campaign.

The victim was taken to hospital after the attacker tore off her hijab and hit her head against a car until she passed out. The incident also involved racist insults.

Police are now investigating the incident.

As the news of the attack was made public, several other women have since come forward with their own accounts of harassment in connection to wearing a hijab.

Justice Minister Beatrice Ask said such attacks "must be taken very seriously." He is expected to meet the “hijab outcry” campaigners on Tuesday.

Voice of Russia, BBC, onislam.net

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