NEW DELHI: The jihadists from the Islamic State (ISIS) have definitely traumatized the world with their cruel killing of the civilians after clutching huge swaths of land in Syria and Iraq since a year.
The group has performed mass executions in the most dreadful way one could actually imagine that also includes throwing off people from the towers, beheading civilians publicly, crucifixions and stoning. Adding another horror to the list, the jihadists have also taken women as their hostage and traded them in the marketplace as the sex slaves.
According to a recent report on sexual violence by Zainab Bangura, a special representative of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the fighters stripped the women naked and performed virginity tests on them before selling them off in the auctions.
As quoted in a media report, the social activist speaking with an independent regional news website said, “After attacking villages, the jihadist split women from men and executes boys and men aged 14 and over. The women and mothers are separated; girls are stripped naked, tested for virginity and examined for breast size and prettiness. The youngest, and those considered the prettiest virgins fetch higher prices and are sent to Syria’s Raqqa (the stronghold of the Islamic State).”
She further reported that a 20-year-old girl who denied performing ‘execution sex act’ on a jihadist was burned alive, adding, “We learned of many other sadistic sexual acts.”
The brutal campaign of rape and cruelty that ISIS was playing against women was worse than in any other war zone she was worked, she claimed.
Bangura who has just returned from a fact-finding assignment in Syria, Iraq and three other Middle Eastern countries, which gave her a chance to interact with officials, survivors from the Yazidi, Christian and Turkmen minorities and frontline workers said, “While some have managed to escape the captors, the others chose to escape to commit suicide. However, as the jihadists found out that the girls have been using their head covers to hang themselves, they were then forced to get rid of them.”
“I learned that three girls, who attempted suicide by drinking rat poison, were rushed to a hospital where it was washed out. But as they returned, they were brutally attacked by their captors,” she said further claiming that sexual violence against women and girls is central ideology of the ISIS that is also used for recruiting fighters, raise funds, implement discipline and go forward in their drastic ideology.