Ikram Ali, a 17-year-old Muslim teen in Enfield, North London was attacked by a stranger with a packet of bacon. Alex Chivers, the assailant, had filmed the incident with a group of friends, according to Buzzfeed.
Chivers screamed slurs and called Ali "ISIL scum" during the attack. He posed with the packet of bacon before the assault.
The attack was racially and religiously motivated; meat from pigs is forbidden in the Islamic tradition.
"This was a truly shocking incident," said Detective Constable James Payne, from Enfield community safety unit, "The victim was out with her mother and getting on with her day when Chivers abused her and then set upon her with something he knew would both upset and offend her ... We know other people were present during this attack, including an associate of Chivers who filmed the incident ... Inquiries are ongoing to trace these people and if you have any information that may assist in identifying them please contact the community safety unit at Enfield via 101 ... The community safety unit here in Enfield would encourage all victims of hate crime to contact police so that the culprits can be identified and brought to justice."
Ali shared her experience of the situation on social media:
"I was unable to see and breathe for a while and at this point I couldn’t understand why. I was being suffocated. I thought I was dead. I didn’t know what hit me. It was only when the bacon peeled off my face and it fell to the ground, and the male behind me started shouting 'bacon, bacon, it’s bacon' that I started to grasp what was happening to me," said Ali. "No one in cars stopped to help, no one across the road tried to help, no one."
"Islamophobia is real, and it is out there and because of the way Muslim women choose to dress, we’re unfortunately a target. However, I still choose to believe there’s more good out there than bad, and that my hijab will not hinder me in my life," she added.
Chivers faces up to a 26-week jail term for the assault, and 12 weeks' imprisonment for a public order offence, to run concurrently. Police are still looking for Chivers' associates, who helped film the incident — anyone with information on the attack is being asked to contact the Community Safety Unit at Enfield via 101.
[Photo: Metropolitan Police]