Road safety books accused of sexualising Muslim girl aged four with hijab
In other stories in the road safety books, a child of Irish origin is seen wearing a shamrock hat while celebrating St Patrick’s Day and a middle-class boy being taken to watch tennis at Wimbledon. Gina Khan, an advocate of Islamic women’s equality, told The Times: “You are sexualising a four-year-old girl. It is as simple as that. The reason a female is covered is so men don’t look at her. How can you integrate in society if you have a fouryear-old girl wearing a hijab?” Shaista Gohir, chairwoman of the Muslim Women’s Network UK charity, said: “It’s like trying to get that child to try to grow up far too quickly. A child needs to be treated like a child.” The Children’s Traffic Club London illustrations depicted youngsters from a variety of ethnic backgroundsCredit:Transport for London Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A Transport for London spokeswoman said: “We apologise for any offence caused by this content and we will not use these designs in future.”What do you think? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. A road safety campaign that uses images of a young Muslim girl wearing a hijab has dropped the pictures after they were accused of sexualising the child.The religious headscarf is traditionally worn by Muslim women from the age of puberty to signal female modesty in front of men.However, illustrations used in educational books and on the internet as part of the Children’s Traffic Club London show a child aged four wearing a hijab.Transport for London confirmed the campaign, which it had promoted and that has recruited around 60,000 children across the capital, would stop using the images.Drawings of the young Muslim girl, called Razmi, in the stories show her wearing the hijab – which in Arabic means “partition” or “barrier” – in a variety of settings.