Quebec man accused of assaulting daughter for removing hijab
In this June 10, 2015 photo, a woman looks at design drawings for Muslim girls’ athletic wear before a fashion show in Minneapolis. (AP / Jeff Baenen)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, October 27, 2017 10:25AM EDT
GATINEAU, Que. -- A Quebec man has been charged with allegedly assaulting his teenage daughter over a year in what police are calling "honour-based" violence.
Gatineau police say the level of violence escalated once the man discovered the girl was removing her hijab when she was away from the family home.
She decided to file a police complaint, which culminated in an arrest Wednesday.
Police are keeping many of the details under wraps, but Sgt. Jean-Paul Lemay says the force hopes the girl's courage will prompt other alleged victims of violence to come forward.
The teen has since been removed from the family and is in the care of youth protection.
The 35-year-old man appeared in court Thursday on charges of assault, assault with a weapon and uttering threats.