Ultra-Orthodox Man Attacks Beit Shemesh Woman Over Length of Her Skirt

The 25-year-old religious woman says the man beat her in broad daylight in a crowded street, but no one tried to help her.

Emil Salman

A religious woman said that she was attacked in Beit Shemesh on Wednesday by an ultra-Orthodox man because he found the length of her skirt to be too short.

The woman, 25, told the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom that she was standing with her three-year-old daughter at a bus stop in Beit Shemesh when the man looked at her skirt and started yelling at her, calling her a "prostitute."

The woman said she told him he was rude and began calling the police, but then the man started beating her and pulling her hair.

"I yelled to the police on the phone that he was attacking me," the woman told Israel Hayom. "He tried to take my phone away from me while he was beating me. I was terrified. He managed to snatch the phone from my hand and ran away with it into one of the alleyways."

The woman said that during the attack, which took place in broad daylight in a crowded street, not one of the passersby tried to help her. "I yelled for someone to help me, but no one did. I pleaded that someone will call the police because I was afraid he would come back and murder me."

On Thursday, the attacker arrived at the police station and turned himself in. He returned the woman's phone and confessed.