My Story of Abuse by Belgain Police -
Horrifying Account written by Sister Stephanie Djato
Peace and blessings be upon those who follow the true path
So, I'm stephanie djato, I'm the young lady who was attacked during a identity check of the police of molenbeek, I am a young Muslim woman who has converted to Islam four years ago. And now i am wearing the niqab for almost 4 years. And in all that time I have never encountered problems because of this niqab until the day of 31 May 2012.
So I will now give my version of the facts. Before I would like to start let me say that I do not call for hatred or whatever. This video, is only made with the purpose to clarify certain matters and to bring out the truth, because everything that was spread by people so far was only lies.
So, that particular thursdaymorning of May 31, 2012 I sat on the tram line 19 in jette and not molenbeek as the media claimed. I was waiting for the tram towards the hospital where I had an appointment at 12 oclock. A rather important appointment. Then came 2 police officers at me and asked me for my identity card. I immediately cooperated and I have given my id without making any problems. Then they asked if I wanted to take off my niqab so they could identify me. I replied that this is no problem but after the id check i would cover my face again. My statement angered the police officers. They said that the law forbids the burqa and that I had no right to put my burqa again after the id check was conducted. Of course I refused. Then i explained them that this was not the first time that I was subjected to such id check of the police and the police has never required me to take off my niqab once the inspection was over. In general, a id check would go easily, in the past id checks I gave my ID, I showed my face to the police and they identified me and they let me go without any problems, but of course with a fine that I always paid afterwards.
But on May 31, it didnt go like the previous id checks, it went really wrong. The reason why I do not know. After I refused to take off my niqab permanently after the id check, they proposed, actually they didnt proposed to me but they have forced me to step in in the car tot take me to the police station. I got in the car without making any problem, I got up from the stop and have followed them into the car and I was taken in the car. Once in the car I wanted to take my phone in order to inform the hospital that I would not be on time for my appointment because I was late, it was already 11:30 and I had an appointment at 12 o'clock, so I knew certainly that i was going to be 1 hour late. The policewoman on the backseat with me tried to grab away my phone. She said i was deprived of my freedom and that i dont have any right to make phone calls. On this I then replied that I had a very important meeting , I can not afford to miss this appointment and just let me notify them and ask if there is a possibility that i could come later after the id check has ended. At this, the police officer then replied: Listen, it's not necessary that you notify them that you are going to be late today because you're not going to the hospital. You are going for 24 hours in the prison cell!
Then I answered: "Is this a threat?" She replied: "No, absolutely not. But we will teach you a lesson so you learn to respect the law! "
So you should already know that there were already in the car minor threats, insults, racist remarks directed towards my faith, my niqab ...
But in the car there was no violence. I want to note, because the journalists say that the police have attacked at the beginning of the id check, this is not true. So to this point there was no violence, nor from my side nor from their side.
So once arrived at the police station they placed me in a kind of room, it was not an office, it was a kind of storage room. There they left me in the presence of 3 women who intimidated and insulted me, etc, they asked me to remove my niqab. This I have done without me to resist. I removed my face veil, at least this is what I understood from their question, they replied: "This is not what we meant. We mean everything. What your face, hair, body covered you should remove. You will have to take off everything! "Then I refused because I do not see why I should fully undress for an identity check. I found that this is a huge injustice and humiliation so I refused. Then they started to insult me, they said that we are not in a circus, remove that costume , and all sorts of offensive statements, ...
I remained firm, I didnt want to undress myself before anyone and certainly not before this non-Muslim women. This was unthinkable for me. I then said clearly that I will not fully take off my niqab, I showed my face, you can identify me and I will not undress. Then they said if you dont want to undress yourself voluntarily we will force you to undress. At that moment a police officer jumped behind me to hold my hands behind my back to hold. And 2 others came to me to force me to take off my jilbaab. Since it was a long jilbaab with buttons and fastenings, they had great difficulty to remove it. I resisted against this undressing and they kicked me, beat against my belly and a little bit everywhere. At the same time she tried to tear off my jilbaab. The women who had a hard time taking my jilbaab off then called for male reinforcements to come to their rescue. When the men arrived, they immediately started to punch me a bit everywhere on my body. They continued pulling my jilbaab off which they did for most part but it was still attached around my neck and wrists. At that time they called in the help of a third male officer who was told to bring a pair of scissors. They throwed me ond the floor and the male officer sat on my buttocks and he started to cut my clothes. My jilbaab, niqab and underwear.
So there i was on the floor with that cop on my back that tore my clothes with scissors and the rest he tore with his hands. Meanwhile, i was being kicked against my face and punched against my body by the 2 policemen who stood beside me. There kicks were the cause of my concussion and not the alleged head butt that I gave to the police officer. My concussion was indeed been caused by kicks to my head. When I was lying on the floor she bumped my head against the floor tiles. At that point, a male cop came and he put handcuffs on me. With my hands behind my back. I had my hair tied in a knot, he snatched the rubber band out of my hair and he pulled me by my hair to put me on my feet. He pulled my hair and my handcuffs and I sat on my 2 knees. Then one of the cops stood in front of me and punched me in my face,I tried to defend myself and constantly averted my face from the blows inflicted by the police officer to me. This is how my head suddenly hit her head which led to the police officer to break her nose. I want to clarify that this was not my intent, this happened during the skirmish where all these agents beat me and I wanted to defend myself from their blows, and certainly against my face, as hard punches and kicks arrived at my head. Then my head hit the nose of the policewoman.
When she got headbutted she was furious. This is when the police really became wild and they throwed me back on the floor and started to undress me completely, they started to cut my underwear and pulled off my pants. I was naked. A man sat on me and said: "We will show you things worse than Guantanamo!" He said: "Here it is worse than Guantanamo," and they all began to laugh. They have offended me, the Muslim women, Islam ... There was a small piece of cloth hanging from my neck, the man who sat on me was pulling it back, he strangled me with that piece of my niqab.
I had the impression that I was dying, I was suffocating, I could not breathe, I was shaking and my eyes rolled back, I was panicking. I thought i would die . I screamed in panic, anxiety, ... I was so stressed that I shouted: "Stop, stop please, I'll do what you want, but please stop, stop this torture I'm going to do what you want" "You will murder me ! "
Then they reply: "You can die!" And then they were insulting me, they said things i cant mention. At that point, i received so many blows that I fainted on the floor, I could not move, and i screamed so much that i couldnt scream anymore ... Then I remembered the last words I could say it was a supplication in which I asked Allah to break their backs, and to punish them for all the injustice they did to me. When she heard this, they completely butchered me, they could not bear these words and yet I swear that I have not offended. and I was pleading before this to stop attacking me. They have beaten me so hard to the point I could no longer speak and move.
When they realize that they had gone too far and they raised my pants back up and they covered me partially with a top that I had. They dragged me so i could get up andd they dragged me by the police department in front of all their colleagues. The colleagues asked, "Who is this?" Which the police said: "This is a burqa, this is a burqa!" For me this was a triple humiliation because I was half naked and this was a big humiliation for me, because I felt how everyone stared at me, I felt dirty by their eyes that were focused on my body, this was a humiliation for me. They paraded me for 5 minutes or so across the police station. And they cried: "Look, look this is a burqa!" And to finish, they throwed me in a cell for about 2 hours. I felt very nauseous, I had problems, I began to shake and I started vomiting, I kept on vomiting, I was very ill. After this they were compelled to call a doctor. They immediately transferred me to the emergency. I will now start to tell how they brought me from the police station to the emergencies.
Some spread rumors around that I left the police station naked, some say that I was completely covered with my jilbaab when I left the police station, this is at least what the police claims.
This is completely untrue. What happened, I will explain. When they pulled me out of jail and they said I was going to be transferred to the hospital I asked them to give back my torn jilbaab so that i could leave the police station with a covering. When I tried to cover myself I saw that my jilbaab was so torn that I couldnt use it anymore. Then I told them that I will not leave this police station half naked. So I asked if I could call someone, someone who could bring me clothes to cover myself, a jilbaab. I then called someone and that person said that he'll be there in one hour. The person asked the police to wait and that within the hour my close would be brought to me. So I could leave the police station covered with my jilbaab and the torn clothes. The police have then replied that they had no time to wait. And that she is required to be transferred to the hospital. And this will happen with a veil or without a veil. Then they brought me out the police station half naked, with only trousers and a small top, without underwear. I had no vest, , no jilbaab or whatever. They took me like this to the emergency. Once arived at the emergency they transferred me to intensive care, the department said that I am in a critical condition and he has refused to allow me to leave the hospital. This while the police were hoping for a statement from the doctor that I may leave the hospital to get back into the cell, despite my medical condition. The doctor refused. The doctor after several inspection found that I had a concussion and injuries.
The doctor has everything listed and it is also a report drawn up. So for those who say I'm lying so I have the evidence of reports that confirm what I am saying and I have all documents.
So I think I've told all this, my truth, the truth, the real version of the facts. Of course I have told everything in general without going into too much detail. The most important thing you know now. Let me again emphasize that I've recorded this video solely with the objective to tell the truth to everyone. The Muslims, the non-Muslims, ... I clarify that I dont call for hatred. I hope that this story will end the lies and that the truth prevails.
Stephanie Djato (victim niqab)