A female Christian convert from Islam, who was slashed with a knife at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, says the police ignored her previous concerns because they feared being called ‘Islamophobic’.
Hatun Tash regularly debates Islam and the Qur’an with Muslims at the famous open-air speaking location in London.
She has faced threats to her life on multiple occasions for speaking, and was attacked and stabbed on 25 July, suffering wounds to her face and hand.
She said, ‘Police inaction has led to what happened to me. My attacker was not even afraid of the police as he did it right in front of them.
‘It is heart-breaking that we live in a society where police do not want to arrest a Muslim for fear of being called “Islamophobic”.’
She is recovering after the attack, which was caught on video and posted online. The police have not yet made any arrests and the assailant is still at large.
She is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre. The organisation claims that the police have ‘repeatedly failed to protect Hatun’.
Last year she was punched in the face by a man because she was displaying Muhammad cartoons. She says she has been assaulted many times in the past.
She was wearing a Charlie Hebdo T-shirt on the day of the attack, and has faced previous criticism – including from other Christians – for being too provocative in her evangelism.
But Hatun said, ‘I am asking myself if I have done anything wrong. I am convinced I have not broken any law or incited hate.
‘All I did was question Islam and I wanted to debate, discuss, and to tell people about Jesus Christ.’
She didn’t see the attack coming. She says she became aware of a commotion, then she realised she was bleeding and had suffered a knife attack.
She said, ‘I’m okay by God’s grace. I had pieces of knife left in my clothes, I think the knife was broken. I would say I’m here because it wasn’t my time. God has been gracious to me.’