Concerns are being raised for a Turkish woman who married her abusive ex-boyfriend after becoming the victim of his vicious acid attack.
20-year-old Berfin Ozek was left permanently disfigured with impaired vision after Casim Ozan Celtik, 23, in December, threw acid in her face during an argument.
Two years after the acid attack, the woman married her attacker.
The couple, who had dated prior, were reportedly separated at the time of the incident with Celtik allegedly shouting “If I can’t have you no one can” as he threw the chemical at Ozek.
Celtik was arrested after Ozek filed a police complaint but he then began love-bombing her with messages, begging for her forgiveness.
Ozek withdrew her complaint writing at the time, “We have written many letters to each other. I have given myself to him. I love him very much — [and] he loves me very much.”
After receiving backlash on social media, Ozek reinstated the complaint and Celtik was sentenced.
While only in the early stages of his 13.5-year sentence, a change in the law brought on by COVID-19 meant Celtik was released on probation.
People who became aware of the case on social media were outraged that Celtik could walk free while Ozek was left in constant physical and emotional pain and with only 30% vision in one eye.
This shock was only compounded when Celtik proposed to Ozek immediately after his release. Even more upsetting was the fact that she said yes.
The couple wed in December 2021.