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Father proud of daughter's choice to wear hijab, after alleged racism in Surrey

Last Updated Apr 14, 2021 at 2:20 pm PDT

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

'I'm with her 100 per cent': Father stands up for daughter after alleged racist incident at Surrey grocery store

RCMP say suspect in weekend incident is known to them, charges may be recommended

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – The father of a girl who was allegedly the subject of racist comments at a Superstore in Surrey says he’s disappointed about what happened, but proud of his daughter.

Mourad Koufaoui was shopping with his family at the grocery store in the Newtown neighbourhood over the weekend when the disturbing comments were allegedly made against his nine-year-old daughter.

“I was more shocked … then right to anger, and then that’s when I went after him,” he said.

Koufaoui took a video of his confrontation with the man, which was later shared to Reddit.

Related: Possible racist comments made to child in Surrey

He says his daughter wears a hijab and he will proudly support her no matter what.

“My daughter just started wearing hijab about a month, two months now,” Koufaoui said. “My wife does not wear hijab … So it’s for [my daughter], she wants to do it. I was just kind of shocked.”

“I have three sisters. I have three daughters. My sister has two daughters. She’s the only one that wants to practice her faith and she’s got her hijab on … I’m with her 100 per cent,” he added.

Mounties previously told NEWS 1130 that the suspect is known to them and that police plan to forward a report to Crown for consideration.

Sgt. Elenore Sturko said they were not able to disclose what the charges would be at this stage in the investigation.

If you have any information about the incident, you’re asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

-With files from OMNI