Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has made a reputation for damaging Muslim communities
The former home secretary, who overtook from David Cameron on Wednesday, has pledged to fight extremism by promoting British values like the freedom of speech, the very right she took from Muslim students in British universities by proposing the so-called Counter Terrorism and Security Bill in November 2014, according to the British daily The Independent.
The bill, which was later passed by the UK parliament, kept Muslim students from voicing their opinions in lectures and seminars for fear of being accused of extremism.
The abuse did not end there as the bill soon gave rise to Islamophobia by framing terrorism as a “Muslim problem,” the daily added.
The over-exaggerated image of radicalism that was painted in the bill resulted in a wave of maltreatment against Muslims, where in one case even a 4-year-old boy was almost referred to a counter-extremism program after drawing a cucumber that teachers mistook for a “cooker bomb.”
Under May’s rule, Muslims were further alienated from the British society due to the presence of so-called “Prevent” officers who effectively spied on them, the report noted.
These are only some of the reasons that May was dubbed the "Islamophobe of the Year" by the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission last year.
British Muslims unanimously agree that May’s actions as Home Secretary made hatred and violence toward Muslims “a social norm,” the daily wrote, predicting a worsening trend now that she leads the country.