ISIS is off the hook regarding FGM
But the Sunni insurgents in Iraq DO want women to wear full-face veils or risk severe punishment
MEDIA reports this week that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had ordered women in Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation have been shown to be untrue, but the insurgents are now reported to have issued guidelines on how veils and clothes should be worn by women in Mosul, one of Iraq’s biggest cities.
Their hands and feet must be covered, shapeless clothes that don’t hug the body must be worn and perfume is prohibited. Women have also been told to never walk unaccompanied by a male guardian.
Isis has even ordered shopkeepers to cover their store mannequins with full-face veils.
The insurgents run vice patrols in Mosul that answer to a morality committee, which has shut the city’s college of fine arts and physical education, knocked down statues of famous poets, blown up shrines and banned smoking and waterpipes.
As part of a campaign to violently impose their radical brand of Islam, ISIS said in a statement that they were not seeking to restrict women’s freedom but:
To prevent her from falling into humiliation and vulgarity or to be a theatre for the eyes of those who are looking.
A cleric in Mosul said that Isis gunmen had shown up at his mosque and ordered him to read their warning on loudspeakers when worshippers gather.
The warning said:
Anyone who is not committed to this duty and is motivated by glamour will be subject to accountability and severe punishment to protect society from harm and to maintain the necessities of religion and protect it from debauchery.
The insurgents have been systematically stamping out any religious or cultural influences they deem non-Islamic since their lightning sweep through the north.
US military and Iraqi security officials estimate ISIS has at least 3,000 fighters in Iraq, rising towards 20,000 when new recruits since last month’s advance are included.
ISIS militants view Iraq’s majority Shias as infidels who deserve to be killed and have told Christians to either convert to Islam, pay a religious levy or face death. Their radical views have alarmed Iraqis, but there are no signs their leaders will be able to regain control of captured areas. Since the army’s virtual collapse in the face of the Sunni militant onslaught, Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Shi’ite militias have emerged as the only forces that seem capable of challenging Isis.