Thousands of Bulgarians took to the streets to demand justice and protection for women who face violence from their partners, relatives or strangers.
The protests were sparked by a shocking case of an 18-year-old woman who was brutally assaulted by her ex-boyfriend in Stara Zagora. The woman suffered severe injuries that required 400 stitches, but the court ruled that the attacker was only guilty of inflicting a minor injury and released him. The case caused public outrage and raised questions about the effectiveness and impartiality of the judicial system and the social attitudes towards violence against women in Bulgaria.
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