Woman student in Turkey attacked for wearing shorts during Ramadan

Young student attacked on a bus in Turkey for wearing shorts. (Screengrab)

Asena Melisa Sağlam, 21, a young student was attacked on a bus in Turkey by a man, identified as Ercan Kızılateş apparently for wearing a short dress during the month of Ramadan.

A video footage purported to be showing the woman sitting at the back of the bus when Kızılateş, who appears to be sitting behind her, stands up, said something and proceeded to attack Sağlam.

In comments to the British newspaper Mail Online, Sağlam said that the man tried to speak to her the moment she entered the bus, however, she put her headphones on and tried to ignore him.

“From the moment I sat down he was making these remarks: ‘You dress like this during Ramadan? You should feel ashamed to be dressed like that’,” she added.

After the man slapped her, Sağlam is seen running after him as he tries to get down at the next stop. Kızılateş is then seen holding the woman and pushing her away before he escapes.

Sağlam filed a legal complaint against the man, who was detained on Saturday but later released. Kızılateş gave his testimony and allegedly said that women dressing the way Sağlam was dressed “affects one’s sensuality.”

On Monday the student said that she did not want Kızılateş to walk around “freely,” as she now finds it difficult to walk around. “I could until now, but since being assaulted I have been unable to go anywhere without my mother. I cannot even get on public transportation,” she added.

Last year, Abdullah Cakiroglu who also attacked a Turkish woman for her choice of clothing, is currently on trial and could face nine years in prison if convicted.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50