Man who attacked woman for wearing shorts in Istanbul faces up to nine years in jail
ISTANBULA prosecutor has demanded up to nine years in jail for a man who attacked and injured a 23-year-old woman on a public bus in Istanbul for wearing shorts.
He is expected to be tried once the court accepts the prosecutor’s indictment.
Çakıroğlu kicked and injured Ayşegül T., who was working as a nurse, in the face on a public bus in the Maslak neighborhood for wearing shorts on Sept. 12, on the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday.
He was detained after Ayşegül T. filed a complaint but released shortly after testifying to the prosecutor since his act of “actual bodily harm” did not fall into the category of an offense that would require an arrest.
However, another prosecutor ordered his re-detainment on Sept. 18 on charges of “inciting animosity among society” after his release sparked massive reaction from the public. One day later, an Istanbul court ordered the arrest of Çakıroğlu.
Çakıroğlu, who was working as a security guard at a private company, reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder and had been treated at a mental facility multiple times, was recently released from hospital and was not taking his medication regularly.
In his testimony, he reportedly defended himself saying that Ayşegül T. dressed against his traditions and that he impulsively kicked her.
According to his second testimony obtained by daily Hürriyet, Çakıroğlu also said he would be less aroused had the woman dressed “properly.”
Meanwhile, speaking to daily Habertürk, Ayşegül T. said that she was still trying to recover from the psychological trauma of the attack.