When a Bankstown father went to help a young woman in need, he never envisaged his act of kindness would turn his life into a nightmare.
But that's what happened to 36-year-old Kenan Basic.
He had been accused of indecently assaulting and stalking a 19-year-old woman he had helped after her car broke down at a BP service station in Sydney's west in late 2018.
On Monday, the charges against Basic were thrown out in Bankstown Local Court after the woman admitted to making it all up.
Why would any man in this day and age help a random woman? Kenan Basic learned his lesson:
Basic also admitted he probably won't stop to help another woman again, and that the matter had "destroyed" his marriage.
For better for worse is a patriarchal construct. Seriously, shame on his wife for abandoning her husband and the father of her children in this situation and believing a perfect stranger above someone she chose as her life partner.
7NEWS has also been told Basic, who spent two weeks in jail, will pursue costs and compensation and will be back in court in July.
That should be the default position of anyone in a similar situation. Don't just turn the other cheek and let it slide, get legal help and sue.
I should add that there is a reason such things tend to happen so often in the Anglo-countries. It's probably because we continental Europeans don't quite worship women so much and don't see them as default victims in any interaction with men. I'm sure there is a lesson somewhere...
Read the whole article over here.