The examples are real and sadly, over in abundance.
Leila Lachani: Being half Dutch, half Moroccan, this story really struck a chord within me… Growing up in Casablanca in the seventies, I too was a victim of child abuse in fifth grade when an overzealous Koranic teacher broke two of my fingers with a metal ruler before knocking me down to the ground with bench and all,- leading to a severe concussion- for mispronouncing a word from the holy Book.
Needless to say that this traumatic incident infuriated my parents who sued both the school and the teacher (to no avail) and immediately enrolled me in a French school during mid semester. To say that I developed a strong dislike for the Arabo-Islamic culture after that would be an understatement. It also changed the entire course of my life, but I’ll leave it at that… :((