Turkey court jails man who kicked nurse wearing shortsworld Updated: Sep 07, 2017 20:02 IST
A Turkish man had assaulted a young woman on an Istanbul bus for wearing shorts during the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan last year.(Representative image)
A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced a man to almost four years in prison for attacking a young nurse on a bus for wearing shorts in a case that sparked public outrage, local media reported.
The assault in Istanbul was caught on camera and reportedly shows the man shouting “those who wear shorts must die”.
Security guard Abdullah Cakiroglu, who was not in court, was ordered to serve a three year and 10 month jail sentence for “preventing the practice of freedom of faith, thought and opinion” and deliberately causing injury, the Anadolu news agency reported.
İstanbul Pendik'te şort giydiği için 21 yaşındaki Asena Melisa Sağlam'ı minibüste darp eden saldırganın görüntüleri ortaya çıktı. pic.twitter.com/7rn7BWDVlK— Haberler (@Haberler) June 21, 2017
Aysegul Terzi, 24, had previously told the court how her attacker shouted she had “no right to live” before kicking her in the face in the incident in September last year.
“I am often crying, I often find myself angry, I am often feeling like someone is about to attack me,” she told Turkish television after the incident which sparked public outrage.
At the time, Cakiroglu admitted to local media the assault “was not right” and said he was suffering from a mental illness, having previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The incident galvanised public opinion in Turkey, which is officially a secular country, prompting street protests with the slogan: “Do not touch my shorts!”
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has championed the removal of restrictions on women wearing the Muslim headscarf.
Critics have accused the AKP of presiding over the creeping Islamisation of Turkey and violating private rights, something the party denies.