ISIS executes 250 women for refusing 'sexual jihad'

Apr 22, 2016, 07:55 IST | Agencies

London: The Islamic State, notorious for its brutality, has reportedly executed 250 girls in northern Iraq for refusing to become sex slaves.

ISIS didn’t allow women to go out alone in Mosul and choose their spouses. File pic

The girls had been ordered to accept temporary marriages to the terrorists and were murdered, sometimes alongside their families, for their refusal to be sex slaves in Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul.

ISIS began selecting women of Mosul and forced them into marrying its militants, calling it temporary marriage since it has taken control over Mosul, and the women who refused to submit to this practice would be executed, said Kurdish Democratic Party spokesman Said Mamuzini.

“At least 250 girls have so far been executed by ISIS for refusing to accept the practice of sexual jihad, and sometimes the families of the girls were also executed for rejecting to submit to the terror group’s request,” Mamuzini said.

Another official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party Ghayas Surchi said that human rights were being widely violated in all ISIS-held territories, particularly the womens’ rights as they’re seen as commodities and have no choice in choosing their spouses.

Surchi said that women were not allowed to go out alone in Mosul and cannot choose their spouses. The executions follows a spate of similar killings that took place last August in which 19 Mosul women were slaughtered for refusing to have sex with ISIS fighters.

ISIS took control of Mosul in June 2014 after the fall of Iraqi army in the city and since then has been slaughtering its residents for various charges to spread fear.

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