Turkey Prosecutor is seeking the arrest of the man who was beaten on the bus, the nurse, wearing shorts
The Istanbul Prosecutor’s office appealed the court’s decision to release Abdullah Cakiroglu, who was attacked on the bus on the young passenger. A man beating a woman for “immoral” behavior. He didn’t like that the fellow traveler was wearing shorts.
According to the indictment, Cakiroglu is accused of “obstructing the freedom of belief and thought,” “inciting public hatred” and “malicious injury”. Last week a Turkish court released him under house arrest until the end of the trial. However, prosecutors disagreed, writes The Hurriyet Daily News.
According to investigators, Cakiroglu beat 23-year-old nurse Aysegul Terzi on the bus because he didn’t like it too revealing outfit, not corresponding to norms of Islam. The crime was committed on 12 September, the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
According to witnesses, before the attack Cakiroglu asked the girl why she “walks around in shorts”. Without waiting for any explanation, the man with all his strength struck Aysegul kicked in the face with the words, “Thou Satan!”.
The other passengers remained silent during the beating, and the driver just dropped off the victim at the first stop. Terzi went to the police.
“Uncompromising fighter for” women’s morality was detained by police on suspicion of causing bodily harm but later released from custody with a warrant. Then he has not found crime structure, reports RIA “Novosti”.
This has caused outrage in Turkish society, and social networks began the campaign with a demand to punish Cakiroglu. Some students of Kocaeli University, hung shorts and mini-skirts on the walls of the campus. The other was taking pictures in shorts and posted to social networks. Were spontaneous rallies in Istanbul, involving not only women, but also men of progressive views. The most common slogan of the protests: “don’t interfere in my life.”
A Deputy from the main opposition Republican people’s party and active supporter of the protests Senal Sarahan said: “This cry is only the beginning of retaliation against the imposition of conservative Islamic values of the Turkish society.”
A few days later the suspect was again arrested. On September 19, the court sanctioned his arrest, and the Prosecutor’s office asked for an aggressive champion of religious traditions from two years and seven months to nine years and four months in prison for “inciting public disorder”.
It is also known that earlier Cakiroglu diagnosed with “manic depression”, wrote The Daily Mail.
Let us add that a few days after beating Terzi, a similar case occurred in Izmir. There the two men began to pester the woman. According to press reports, their “agitated her too much cleavage”. When the woman rejected sexual harassment, she struck blows with his fist in the face.
The Turkish femicide
In recent years, Turkey is under scrutiny from international human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Bianet. “Despite the fact that Turkey ratified the Council of Europe Convention on combating violence against women, as well as acts of domestic violence, this issue remains relevant,” – noted in last year’s report of human rights activists.
In recent years, victims of femicide (it refers to the deadly violence against women) were up to six thousand Turkish women of different ages. According to human rights activists from Izmir, the majority of these murders are committed by husbands and ex-husbands of the victims because of jealousy, divorce, and unrequited love.
Some of the crime has led to protests and reinvigorate the movement for the protection of women’s rights. It happened after the massacre of 20-year-old passenger of the minibus Ozgecan Aslan. As it turned out, the girl was raped and murdered helped her driver. He also cut off the victim fingers and burned it to conceal evidence of a crime.
And in 2009, was dismembered 17-year-old Munevver Karabulut. After that established one of the most prominent Turkish human rights group “We will stop femicide” (WSF), which conducts educational work among wide layers of the population, produces concrete proposals to improve legislation to protect the rights and freedoms of women, advises the victims. WSF has 21 offices in the largest cities of Turkey, including Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir, writes the”Caucasian geopolitical club”.
Meanwhile, the influential Turkish politicians, in their statements, continue to demonstrate a commitment to traditional views of the role of women in family and society. “Our religion has defined the purpose of women – motherhood. Men and women can’t be equal. Women rejecting motherhood, inferior,” – says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
This view is echoed by members of the government: former Deputy Prime Minister Bulent ARINC said that women “should not laugh in public”, and health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu called motherhood is the only career choice for women.
It is also noteworthy the statement of the Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim, made after beating the nurses in the bus. The politician suggested that Cakiroglu have mental disorders, but immediately made a reservation: “Normal people, exasperated at the sight of women in shorts, just muttered something to himself and went on about their business”.