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Police close down headscarf case

Published onsdag 12 februari 2014 kl 11.25
Demonstrators from the "hijabuppropet"-campagin at Sergels Torg in central Stockholm in August last year. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT.

Police are closing down the investigation into the case of the pregnant woman in the Stockholm suburb of Farsta who last August was knocked unconscious by an unknown assailant, who ripped off her headscarf and slammed her head against a car. A spokesperson for Stockholm police says there is a lack of evidence to pursue the case further.

The woman was left unconscious in the car park and later hospitalised with a concussion. The incident triggered a country-wide campaign against islamophobia called "hijabuppropet", where several politicians and media personalities took part. Many other women wearing headscarves told about the abuse they meet from members of of the public. The initiators of the protest also met with Justice Minister Beatrice Ask to discuss what could be done.

Police now say their investigations to find the attacker have been fruitless, as there are no suspects and no witnesses that have stepped forward. CCTV-footage did not lead to anything either. The dna found on the woman's headscarf believed to be from the attacker, turned out to be her own.

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