Muslim Student Attacked On Baylor Campus

(April 4, 2006)—The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic relations is calling on the FBI to probe at attack on a female Muslim student on the Baylor University campus as a hate crime.

The coed was attacked from behind Saturday evening as she walked to her dorm from the Student Union Building.

She told News Ten that her attacker was a white male who appeared to be in his 30s. She said she didn’t think the man was a Baylor student.

She said the man grabbed her headscarf and threw her to the ground, yelling profane ethnic and anti-Muslim slurs while threatening to kill her if she made any noise.

The man pinned her to the ground, she said, and dug his nails into her chest until she screamed.

When she screamed, she said the man slapped her in the face and kicked her twice in the ribs before he fled.

She required emergency room treatment for a dislocated shoulder and contusions.

She has left Baylor to return to her family’s home in a neighboring state to recuperate, the organization said.

She said she didn’t hear from university officials until Tuesday, three days after the attack.

She said she’s not sure whether she will return to Baylor.

CAIR says the attack should be taken seriously.

"Law enforcement authorities and university officials need to treat this disturbing incident with the seriousness it deserves," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper.

"Local, state and national leaders also need to speak out against the rising level of Islamophobic hate in our society that can lead to such attacks."

Baylor didn’t have an immediate comment on the incident, but did release a statement Tuesday evening saying the university is treating the incident “very seriously and is in the process of investigating the matter in cooperation with law enforcement agencies.”

“As a faith-based institution, Baylor is sensitive to, and very concerned about, the report of an assault involving ethnic or religious intolerance,” the statement said.

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