When a university student in Istanbul was riding a public bus, a Muslim man allegedly scolded her for wearing mini shorts during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan before he assaulted her. When the woman confronted the man, seemingly attempting to slap him, she was grabbed by the hair and thrown to the ground.
The disturbing incident was captured via video by CCTV.
Melisa Sağlam, the victim in the attack, claims the man asked her, "Are you not ashamed to dress this way during Ramadan?" before he assaulted her, reports Doğan News Agency.
The suspect, Ercan Kızıltaş, claims he was "provoked" by the woman and was merely defending himself.
According to Turkish media reports, Kızıltaş was investigated and ready to be set for release from police authorities over the assault, but was only detained after it became apparent the man had a "tax offense" conviction.
Kızıltaş will reportedly spend three years and seven months behind bars over the tax crimes; no time will be served for the assault captured on camera.
The victim reacted to the assault after she was informed Kızıltaş was not held accountable for the crime.
"My only wish from the justice system is that an appropriate, dissuasive punishment is given to the assailant," Sağlam told Hürriyet, a Turkish newspaper. (The victim was unaware at the time that Kızıltaş would be behind bars for his tax crimes.)
"I do not want him to walk around freely because I cannot anymore," she added. "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."