Muslim woman set on fire in New York Islamophobic attack

11:47 AM | 14 Sep, 2016
Muslim woman set on fire in New York Islamophobic attack
NEW YORK - A Muslim woman wearing traditional clothing was set on fire by a man with a lighter as she was window shopping on New York City’s Fifth Avenue over the weekend, according to American media reports citing police sources.

Cops are still trying to determine whether the incident was a hate crime motivated by her religion, one report said.

Nemariq Alhinai, 35, was walking in front of a department store on Saturday night when she felt a warm sensation on her left arm, the sources said.

She looked down and noticed her blouse was on fire. She patted out the flames and then saw an unknown man standing next to her with a lighter in hand. The man quickly walked away.

Police are looking for the suspect, The New York Daily News said, quoting law enforcement sources said.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), urged a full investigation.

“I would obviously be concerned because it’s symptomatic of the overall rise in Islamophobic sentiment in our society,” he said.

Last week, a Brooklyn woman, who goes by the name Mary Magadalene, was hit with hate-crime charges after allegedly punching, kicking and trying to rip the veils off two Muslim women who were pushing baby carriages in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City.

“This is the United States of America, you’re not supposed to be different from us … You don’t belong here!” the 32-year-old suspect allegedly shouted, pushing aside the baby carriages with the children still inside.

The suspect, whose real name is Emirjeta Xhelili, then attacked the women, 23 and 24, officials said.

An upsurge in violence against Muslims in the United States has coincided with the 2016 election campaign, especially after the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.


US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Pound, Riyal Rate in Pakistan Today - Currency Rates 23 July 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 23, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 279.25 for buying and 280.70 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 354.5 and selling rate is 358.35.

British Pound rate is 354.75 for buying, and 358.25 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.4 and Saudi Riyal lowered to 73.60.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.15 280.85
Euro EUR 301.25 303.25
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.75 358.25
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Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
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Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
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Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65


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