New York police hunt man who set fire to Scottish Muslim woman’s dress

New York Police say a Muslim woman whose traditional clothing was set alight in a suspected hate crime was a Scottish tourist visiting Manhattan. The attack happened on Fifth Avenue as she returned to her hotel from sightseeing, said a police source. She felt something warm on her arm and saw a man with a cigarette lighter, according to the police complaint, but was able to pat down the flame and suffered no injury. “She was visiting from Scotland but we cannot say more than that,” said a police officer, adding that the case had been passed to the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force. One local report identified the woman as a dentist from Glasgow. The attack took place on Saturday and no-one has been arrested. Police have footage of the incident and have appealed to the public for help.
It comes as race relations and the treatment of religious minorities are under intense scrutiny during a torrid period of election campaigning.

via independent: New York police hunt man who set fire to Scottish Muslim woman’s dress

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