On Sunday, YWN reported that a Mishmeres HaTznius agent, 29-year-old Elchanan Buzaglo was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for assaulting a woman who left the frum path, deciding to live a secular lifestyle. YWN has learned that he was sentenced to 4 years in prison and a NIS 10,000 fine. Following are additional details surrounding the case.
The attack occurred a number of months ago, in the Maalot Daphne area of Yerushalayim. According to a report in the daily Haaretz, “flaws in the investigation” prevented the prosecution from moving ahead with criminal indictments against those who dispatched Buzaglo.
Buzaglo received $2,000 for his actions, working as a Mishmeres mercenary to scare Michal into leaving the frum neighborhood. She was beaten to the point that she required medical intervention. Michal told the court that after divorcing her husband, she stopped living a shomer Shabbos lifestyle and Buzaglo threatened if she does not move out of the area, the next beating would be more severe.
“I grew up chareidi, but I realized I do not wish to continue this fanatic traditional lifestyle,” explains Michal, whose parents feared she would abandon the frum derech, marrying her off at age 16 to a 28-year-old man. She explains that at the time, they told her he was only 23.
“The thought it would tame me, keep me frum, but they were mistaken,” explains Michal.
At age 22, she was a mother of three, explaining “I wanted to run away”. At age 25, she had decided she can no longer continue the “masquerade”, deciding to leave her home and family.
After the divorce, their three children, ages 6, 10, and 11, remained with their father who reportedly fled to America. She initially moved to Bnei Brak, and then to Yerushalayim, where she works combing sheitels.
Michal explains that one day, she received a telephone call from someone who pleaded with her to arrange her sheitel urgently, stressing she must have it done immediately. She told authorities she was not afraid since a woman was on the other end of the phone. At 10:00pm, there was a knock at the door, which she stated did indeed scare her. A chareidi man was standing there, and a moment later, “two thugs passed him, entered the room, and they knocked me to the floor. One placed his foot on my head and the second stuffed a rag in my mouth. They began beating me all over my body, shouting curses and insults. After I managed to yell ‘stop, I have three children’ they seemed to back off a bit, all three were involved”.
After that incident, she received phone threats for months, threatening to kill her if she does not move out of the area. She decided to break away from the norm and turn to police, explaining usually, women targeted by the Mishmeres HaTznius know not to turn to police.
Buzaglo, who is married and the father of three expressed remorse for his actions, calling on the court for mercy, explaining he too has a family, adding that in the past, he was also chareidi and he too was victimized by the Mishmeres Tznius.
Michal added she was pleased by the court’s decision “to finally send one of them to prison,” but added since the attack, her life has been ruined.
[Original YWN story from Sunday cane be viewed by clicking HERE.]
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)