Burqa-Clad Attackers Beat Pregnant Woman for ‘Revealing Clothes’
A Turkish newspaper employee was tackled to the floor during an attack by burqa-clad women accusing the six-months pregnant victim of being a “Gulenist” and wearing “revealing” clothes that violate sharia law. The women were accompanied by a man who warned she was one of four other “targets” they would attack.
Hazal Ölmez, an employee at the newspaper Evrensel, was walking home from work in Istanbul when three people, two of them women wearing burqas, slammed her to the floor. “Why are you wearing revealing clothes? You are a coup supporter and a Gülenist,” the group reportedly yelled at her.
Hurriyet quotes Ölmez as stating that the attack began with a woman pulling her by the hair. “When I turned around I saw a woman wearing a burqa and asked her the reason why she pulled my hair, but she started to attack me,” she said in Evrensel.
The attackers called her a “traitor,” “Gulenist,” and told her she “won’t get dressed this way anymore, you will get dressed the way we want you to and you will obey us.” They called on bystanders to join them in beating her, though no one did. No one came to Ölmez’s aid either. “Who knows what you did,” she says she heard witnesses say.
The man in the group said that they had four other “targets” in the neighborhood, though he provided no other information.
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