In gender-equality Sweden, a grassroots movement defending women's right to wear hijab has split the nation, backed by politicians and celebrities while critics say it supports a symbol of female "oppression," the Yahoo News website reports today (August 25, 2013).
Hundreds of Swedish women have posted photographs of themselves wearing headscarves on social media sites to show solidarity with a heavily pregnant Muslim woman who says she was attacked outside of Stockholm for wearing a veil.
Police are searching for witnesses to the incident, which is being treated as a hate crime.
The number of hate crimes against Muslim women has increased significantly in Sweden during the past year. Some Swedish social anthropologists believe that Muslim women were being used as scapegoats in the face of rising unemployment in Sweden, as well as in most European countries.