The police will never find the assailant, of course. Everyone who wears a niqab looks exactly the same as everyone else wearing a niqab. But when debate rages in France and elsewhere over whether it is “racist” to ban the niqab and burqa, this story demonstrates that to do so is a simple matter of public safety.
Also, while the motive for this attack isn’t known, many victims of acid attacks in Pakistan have been targeted for wearing Western dress, i.e., dressing “immodestly,” and are thus subjected to this cruel Sharia enforcement. In Kashmir, Muslims threatened to throw acid in the faces of women who didn’t wear the veil and used cellphones. Naomi Oni was doing both. If this was not a case of Sharia enforcement by means of terror, such cases are sure to come to Britain and other Western countries eventually.
This attack should lead to a serious public discussion of Sharia and its enforcement, and how much of it we can and should realistically accept in free societies. But it won’t, because such a discussion would be “Islamophobic.”
“Victoria’s Secret worker scarred for life when niqab-wearing attacker threw acid in her face as she walked home from shop,” by Chris Brooke in the Daily Mail, February 1 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A young woman suffered horrific facial burns after a woman wearing a Muslim veil threw acid in her face.
Naomi Oni, 20, was walking home after finishing work at lingerie shop Victoria’s Secret when the woman, wearing a niqab — which reveals only the eyes — appeared and launched the apparently random attack.
It is not known whether the attack was motivated by the victim’s work for the store.
Initially, doctors feared the shop assistant had been blinded. But after a month’s treatment in a specialist burns unit, Miss Oni has recovered sight in her left eye and partial vision in her right.
Miss Oni has only recently been discharged from hospital but has decided to speak out to help police catch her attacker.
She said: “˜I look in the mirror and it just isn’t me. I’ll never look the same again.
“˜I”ve always been outgoing and confident — used to getting attention for the way I dress or my hair — but now I don’t want anyone looking at me.
“˜I don’t want people to see me in public. I don’t want to get the Tube or the bus. If I have to go to the hospital I take a taxi.
“˜I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to go back to my job.
“˜I was planning to go to college in September to study media and fashion, but I don’t even know if I’ll be able to do that.”
On December 30, Miss Oni took the bus home to Dagenham, East London after finishing a late shift at Victoria’s Secret in the Westfield shopping centre in nearby Stratford.
It was around 12.40am, and she was just five minutes from the council flat she shares with her disabled mother, when she saw the woman and felt a “˜splash” on her face. She said: “˜It burned and I screamed out.
“˜I started running and screaming, holding my face, all the way home. I didn’t look back. I was hysterical. Luckily my godmother, who is a pharmacist, was at home with my mum and she helped me and kept dipping my face in water and trying to calm me down until the police and ambulance got there.”
Miss Oni has no idea why anyone would attack her.
She faces months, if not years, of skin grafts and further plastic surgery and even then is likely to be left with severe facial scarring.
Miss Oni is the sole carer for her 52-year-old mother. They are too afraid to go back to their flat and are currently sleeping on a friend’s sofa-bed.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said acid attacks were “˜extremely rare” and that detectives were keeping an “˜open mind”.
They are going to get less and less rare.