Calgary Herald – Human rights complainant attacked in her home
Calgary police are investigating an assault on one of three women who recently launched a human rights complaint against a local Muslim leader.
Robina Butt and two other Calgary women filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in late December against Syed Soharwardy, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.
The complaint alleges they were subjected to abusive language and threats during a Nov. 11 meeting at the Al-Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre, where Soharwardy also serves as imam.
Soharwardy has denied all allegations in the human rights complaint.
Butt said he’s convinced Wednesday’s attack was not random.
Butt said the male attacker told his wife, “We come from Al-Madinah; if you ever talk anything about Al-Madinah . . . this is the first instalment.”
When contacted by the Herald on Thursday evening, Soharwardy said no one from the Al-Madinah Centre would be involved in such a violent incident.
“We are law-abiding people. We had nothing to do with this. I condemn this attack absolutely, and I urge the police to do everything to find the people who were involved in this and bring them to justice.”