A strange story from Turkey was recently published: A 20-year-old who was attacked by her 23-year-old ex-partner with acid not only forgave him, but also decided to marry him after his release from prison.
In 2019, Casim Ozan Celtik had thrown acid at Berfin Ozek shortly after their separation, telling her that if he did not have her, no one would.
The perpetrator was then arrested and taken to prison, from where he constantly sent her love messages, asking for her forgiveness.
They apparently had an effect, as Ozek initially decided to drop the charges against him, commenting that “I do not feel well at the thought that he is locked in the four walls.”
“We have written many letters to each other. I have given it to myself.
“I love him and he loves me very much.”
However, after the public outcry, Ozek changed her mind, with the result that the accused was tried and sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in prison.
However, a change in legislation due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey resulted in him being released earlier, under judicial supervision.
And there begins the strangest point of the case.
While the attack had left the Turkish woman deformed and partially blind, with only 30% vision in one eye, Celtik after his release proposed marriage to her and she accepted.
The woman’s father said: “She got married without our knowledge. I had fought for her for years, but it was all in vain.”
“Her lawyer even clarified that if it were not for the pandemic, which led to the change of legislation and the early release of the perpetrator, Celtik would still be in prison, serving his sentence,” he added.
Of course, the story provoked reactions on social media, with comments from users such as: “If someone asked me who is the dumbest person in the world, I would say this woman.”
“Next time, he will scratch her alive,” another social media user wrote.
Another wrote: “The fact that she forgave him should not prevent his punishment. It is a pity, I hope to deny it, but this marriage will end in a month or two and the unfortunate woman will remain with the barbarity she lived.”