A 19-year-old man in Sweden was arrested after beating his 14-year-old sister with a baseball bat after she refused to respond to him when he asked why she was not wearing an Islamic veil.

The man, who faces charges of abuse and assault, appeared in the Blekinge District Court last week. According to 24Blekinge, he is alleged to have struck his sister several times with a baseball bat while demanding that she “wear a veil.”

After his sister returned from a shopping outing with their mother, the 19-year-old reportedly became angry with her when he noticed that she was not wearing an Islamic veil. When he asked his sister why she was not wearing a veil, she refused to answer. The teen then went to his room, emerged with a baseball bat and struck his sister on the head, leg and arm.

An older sister who witnessed the incident called the authorities. Upon responding to the scene, police arrested the young man, who admitted to the assault, yet claimed that he did not strike his sister “very hard.” He refused to acknowledge a reason for perpetrating the attack.

Amid the burgeoning migrant communities in Sweden is the so-called “honor-culture.” As many as 240,000 young people from migrant backgrounds are said to be expected to abide by the rules of the honor culture.

According to Dilek Baladiz, a manager at a center for victims of honor violence, the number of young women seeking help has risen significantly in recent years — up 50 percent since the peak of the migrant crisis in 2015.

“In some areas there is repression. The more compatriots in an area, the more pressure there is to live according to the norms of honor and the more watchful eyes,” Baladiz said, adding that the problem was much more prevalent in Sweden’s heavily migrant-populated suburbs.

In 2016, concerns were raised following the appearance of a number of stickers that appeared in various towns across Sweden which read, “Women who don’t wear a headscarf are asking to be raped.”

Fears of Islamization in Sweden were also fomented recently when a Muslim group in Växjö demanded to be allowed to publicly broadcast a call to prayer on Fridays. Bishop Fredrik Modeus of the local Church of Sweden supported the request, saying he was “looking forward” to hearing the call alongside church bells.

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