Hundreds of people gathered on Friday at a New York mosque to hold a funeral for a Bangladeshi woman who was stabbed to death in what was called a hate crime.
The protesters gathered at the Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens to mourn Nazma Khanam, a 60-year old women who was killed on Wednesday night.
Khanam was wearing an Islamic headscarf when she was attacked and stabbed several times by an unidentified assailant.
Her husband, Shmsul Alam Khan, who was walking a few feet behind her, because of having asthma, said that his wife screamed that “somebody killed me!” Then he found a blade sticking out of her wife’s body.
Police have not yet identified the assailant. The Muslim community says the incident was a hate crime.
During the funeral ceremony of Khanam, the crowed called for an increased police presence and more security.
“This was not a robbery and though we do not know all the facts, the reality is this is happening too often,” Letitia James, a public advocate, said.
In another incident a few weeks ago, a Bangladeshi Muslim cleric, Maulama Akonjee and his assistance Thara Uddin, were shot in the head as they were walking home after attending prayers at a mosque in Queens. The incident took place while both of them were dressed in Muslim garb on August 13.
“You can’t go up to a person and shoot them in the head and not be motivated by hatred,” said Afaf Nasher.