Police are treating the forced removal of a woman’s headscarf on the London Underground as a hate crime.
A man was photographed reportedly spitting at a Muslim girl and pulling another’s hijab off her head.
The victim, Aniso Abdulkadir, posted the image to her Twitter account after the incident took place in Baker Street.
British Transport Police confirmed they were investigating the alleged attack on Abdulkadir, and have today announced that it will be treated as a hate crime.
Abdulkadir said when she first revealed the story that when she grabbed hold of her hijab to keep it in place, the man hit her.
It has now been retweeted more than 28,000 times.
A BTP spokesperson confirmed that the incident would be treated as a hate crime, adding: ‘Behaviour like this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
‘This incident has been reported to us and we’re investigating.’
Police in London normally see fewer than 40 racist incidents a day, yet a surge in attacks has seen the daily average rise to above 50.
Muslims saw their London community centres daubed in graffiti filled with hateful language a day after the attacks.