This is the moment a young woman was attacked on a bus in Istanbul, Turkey for reportedly wearing shorts during Ramadan .
Disturbing CCTV footage captured on board the bus showed how an attacker struck Melisa Sağlam in the face as he passed her while getting off the vehicle.
An Istanbul prosecutor on June 21 issued an arrest warrant for Ercan Kızıltaş, who was caught on camera attacking a university student for “wearing mini-shorts during Ramadan.”
The prosecutor reportedly gave its ruling based on charges of “provoking people and inciting them to hatred,” “intentional injury” and “criminal libel.”
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The suspect allegedly told the victim, “are you not ashamed to dress this way during Ramadan?” before he punched her, the Doğan News Agency reported.
Kızıltaş claimed he was “provoked” as he defended himself, according to the Mirror.
Turkish media reports stated Kızıltaş was about to be released after being interviewed by police on Wednesday but was sent to prison when investigators realised he had been convicted of a “tax offence”.