Istanbul police rearrests man who kicked woman on bus for wearing shorts
AA PhotoAn Istanbul court has rearrested the man who assaulted a woman on an Istanbul public bus in September, a day after prosecutors objected to his release pending trial during the first court hearing on Oct. 26
The court had issued another arrest warrant for the assailant Abdullah Çakıroğlu.
Speaking at court before he was rearrested, Çakıroğlu said he was tortured during his earlier detention.
“I was tortured in jail. They beat me on my knees. I have no security of life in jail and I request that it is provided,” he said.
Meanwhile, in an interview conducted before the latest arrest warrant was issued, the victim of the widely covered assault, Ayşegül Terzi, said she felt “imprisoned inside home” while Çakıroğlu “remains on the streets.”
Terzi was kicked in the face by Çakıroğlu for wearing shorts on a public bus in Istanbul on Sept. 12. Çakıroğlu said he committed the act because he did not find Terzi’s outfit “appropriate.”
Injured after the assault, Terzi filed criminal complaints against Çakıroğlu and he was briefly arrested before a court ruled to release him. Upon public outrage over his release, he was re-arrested and stood in the dock for his initial hearing that took place at an Istanbul court on Oct. 26.
Before being released by the court after his first hearing, Çakıroğlu testified that his kick came “impulsively” and he blamed his epilepsy illness.
Terzi said she did not believe the suspect was mentally ill.
“If he is ill, then his place is hospital. If he is mentally healthy, then he belongs in jail,” she added.
Stating she was a “very strong woman” before the incident happened, Terzi said she now feels “weak and insignificant.”
“He aimed that kick at my neck to kill me. Later he said ‘why didn’t she die?’” she said, adding that she was now considering moving away from Istanbul as she will not be able to “find peace as long as he is outside.”
Terzi said she had received many positive and negative messages after the attack, but the most hurtful one came from a woman who said “I wish he had raped you.”
“Why would a woman say such a thing to another woman?” said Terzi, urging everybody to speak up otherwise “this country will become a hell for women.”