Muslim civil rights group offers $1,000 reward for leads in case resulting in conviction of the perpetrator
Â Â (WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/15/2015) â€“ The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of an attack on a Muslim woman in New York. (UPDATE: The victim is from Maryland.)
Earlier today, CAIRâ€™s New York chapter called on the FBI to join the investigation of what the New York City Police Department (NYPD) says was a bias-motivated attack on the 19-year-old woman who was assaulted late Saturday by a man who yelled anti-Muslim insults at her, spit on her and fractured her jaw. Reports indicate that the womanâ€™s attire was â€œidentifiable with the Muslim faithâ€ and that she was speaking to her brother in Urdu at the time of the attack. The suspectâ€™s image was captured on surveillance video.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
â€œIt is important that the community and its institutions stand with anyone targeted by hate and let them know they are not alone,â€ said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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