Girls living under Isis (Islamic State) rule may legitimately be married at 9

February 6, 2015 3:17 am
Girls living under (Islamic State) rule may legitimately be
married from as young as nine, and should have a husband before they are
17, according to a semi-official manifesto aimed at winning new
recruits.
Their education should continue no later than the age
of 15 and “most pure girls will be married by 16 or 17”, according to
the document published by the all-female al-Khanssaa Brigade’s media
wing. Most women should lead a sedentary lifestyle within the confines
of their homes, it adds.
The document, Women in the Islamic State: Manifesto and Case Study,
was written to attract women from the Gulf region, according to Charlie
Winter, a researcher at the counter-extremism think-tank the Quilliam
Foundation, who translated it.

A internally displaced Yazidi girl does the chores in a refugee camp.
Many Yazidi women were taken as “wives” for Isis fighters last year.
Photo / AP

The domestic lifestyle it
prescribes for women is at odds with that depicted by some Western
female recruits on social media, where they have posted pictures of
themselves posing with weapons.

“I think that Western women have a motive to recruit other
Western women. This document has a motive – recruiting women from the
Gulf,” Mr Winter told The Independent.
“The reflection that it
gives is much closer to reality than what our British girls are saying,
for example talking about joining police forces and training for
battle.”
Educated, professional women have been executed by Isis,
the UN said last week, with three female lawyers murdered within
Isis-held territory this year.
A report released by the UN on
Wednesday also detailed how Isis militants are using children as suicide
bombers and human shields. The report, which reviewed the treatment of
children across for the first time since 1998, drew attention to
what it said was the “systematic killing of children belonging to
religious and ethnic minorities by Isis, including several cases of mass
executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of
children and burying children alive”. It said militants were selling
some abducted children as sex slaves.
Renate Winter, an expert on
juvenile and women’s justice, said those communities particularly
vulnerable to abuse by the Sunni extremist militants included Yazidis,
Christian and Shia Muslims.

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