Home Letters Condemnation of vicious attack on schoolgirl
The Guyana Islamic Forum for Education, Peace and Religious Solidarity, in association with the Electric Mosque’s Teachings of Islam, wishes to condemn the vicious physically attack on a Muslim young lady in the Corentyne area. An attempt was also made to strip her of her clothes and her Islamic symbol of the Hijab was viciously torn away. She was physically brutalised.
The Guyana Islamic Forum for Education, Peace and Religious Solidarity condemns this most vehemently and asks that the legal fraternity takes serious action into this matter so that we can put measures in place to protect all students of all religions with their religious symbols – their outfits, headwear/headgear, religious threads, crosses and any other religious symbol that might be worn by anyone. Guyana is a law-abiding country, in which most of its people are religious people that understand the moral principle of respecting the religious beliefs of others.
The Guyana Islamic Forum for Education, Peace and Religious Solidarity, in association with the Electric Mosque’s Teachings of Islam is calling on the Ministry of Social Cohesion, the Ethnic Relations Commission, Guyana Bar Association and all religious institutions and organisations to immediately condemn and intervene in this inhumane and barbaric act before it gets out of hand. We, the Guyana Islamic Forum, encourage counselling for both parties to assist the victim and the aggressor. Failure to act urgently can result in serious repercussions that could bring embarrassment to Guyana and the famous Tagore Memorial Secondary School, in which the undersigned was a student. A simple thing like this can make Guyana look religiously intolerable.
We are urgently asking the police and the relevant authorities to seriously look into this matter so that we can resolve the issues at hand accordingly.