Syrian women victimized, terrorized by Islamic State extremists

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ARA News 

Hasakah, Syria – Militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) try to impose strict regulations on the residents of the areas controlled by them in Syria and Iraq.

In some areas of the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah, the group has imposed a ban on smoking, compulsory participation in prayers at mosques, Islamic dress for women and educational curriculum in accordance with strict Islamist dogma. In the light of such hard conditions, women are among the most affected in the IS-held regions. 

Reem Hussein, 22, is a Syrian girl residing the IS-held village of Tel Brak in the northern countryside of Hasakah. She told ARA News that the Islamic State imposed last week the “law of Muharam” on the area’s residents, which obliges women to be accompanied by a man from her family in case of traveling. 

“The IS militants try to impose all restrictions possible on civilians, especially on women. This is all meant to show the group’s commitment to the Sharia,” Hussein said.

“Imposing ‘Muharam law’ has automatically deprived dozens of female students of their right to education, because of the difficulty in having a male family member who willing or available to accompany them on a daily basis,” she told ARA News. “Furthermore, many women lack adult male family members, which prevents them from even from shopping.”

According to Hussein, IS therefore obliges widows, divorced and single women to marry militants from the ranks of the group “under pretext of preserving dignity and honor”. 

“I know several underage girls in Tel Brak who were forced to marry from IS members, even against the will of their families. They argue that single women could commit adultery, so it’s more appropriate to be married under the rule of the Khalifate, no matter the age,” she said. 

Suad al-Qadi, 31, is another Syrian girl based in the town of Tel Brak in southern Hasakah. She told ARA News that the major factor behind the mass displacement of young men from the area was the fear of being captured or beheaded by IS militants.

“Those radicals made a reputation of terror among all civilians across Syria and Iraq. That’s why when rumors spread in an area about possible control by IS group, people tended to flee before facing the alleged bitter reality on hand of IS militants. This had driven hundreds of young men out of these areas even before confronting this group, and this displacement contributed to the mounting suffering of women who were left behind to face a harsh fate,” al-Qadi said. 

According to reports, thousands of women were taken as captives and sex slaves by IS militants, including Yezidi women in the Shingal area of northern Iraq, while hundreds others were obliged to marry with some of the group’s extremists. 

 

Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil

Source: ARA News

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