A man who kicked a woman in the face for wearing shorts while threatening to kill her has been released without charges by a Turkish court, reported the UK Daily Mail.
Despite threatening to kill her and leaving her severely bruised, a Turkish court released the man saying that he had not committed any crime.
The incident occurred in Istanbul when the 35-year-old man attacked Ayşegül Terzi, a 23-year old nurse, on a bus. Shouting at her, “Those wearing shorts must die!” the man told the court he had been angered by the way the woman was dressed. “The shorts she was wearing were not appropriate. That’s why I was angry and behaved so,” he said.
Terzi, who sustained severe bruising, was saved when three men stopped the attacker. The incident was caught on CCTV:
Since the Islamists came to power, Turkey has become a leading country afflicted by honor killings and is now ranked as one of the worst countries to be a woman. Forty percent Turkish women experience some form of physical violence in their lives, a rate much higher than that in Europe or the U.S.
Professor Aysel Çelikel, head of the Support for Contemporary Living Association, or ÇYDD, cited the root cause behind the alarming rise in violence against women saying, “Women’s rights are going backward as much as Islamist conservatism is increasing in society.”