With Hate Crimes Up, Muslim Women Turn To Self-Defense

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Iram Baig practices with an instructor during a self-defense course for Muslim women in College Park, Md. (Carmel Delshad/WAMU)

Many American Muslims are on high alert after a spike in verbal and physical attacks in the wake of the presidential election. It’s part of a trend confirmed by FBI data, which shows that hate crimes against Muslims are increasing.

A number of Muslim women have reported being targeted for wearing a headscarf or hijab. So some are choosing to be prepared and ready to fight back. Carmel Delshad (@cdelshad) from Here & Now contributor WAMU has more.

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