The Islamic State Group has reportedly executed 19 women in Iraq’s Mosul for refusing to have sex with fighters, a Kurdish Democractic Party (KDP) official claimed, according to the Daily Mail.
The official further added that women were held hostage in Islamic State’s stronghold of Mosul, which was seized in June last year. “The captured women were put to death as they refused to ‘participate in the practice of sexual jihad’,” the official told Iraqi News.
He also alleged that the Islamic State’s treatment of women and dealings with money were proving to be increasingly divisive within the organisation’s own ranks. The executions, which took place between 1st and 2nd August, however could not be independently verified.
In earlier report, UN’s special envoy for sexual violence in conflict Zainab Bangura had told Bloomberg that ‘girls get peddled like barrels of petrol’ and one can be bought by six different men. She added that there is also something called as a ‘price list’ that’s circulated among ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria.
In October last year, the ISIS had reportedly released a pamphlet that mentioned how much it charged for the purchase of its female captives, according to the Bloomberg report.
Meanwhile on Thursday, Islamic State militants had abducted dozens of Christian families after seizing a strategically located town in the central Syrian province of Homs, a monitor said on Friday, according to a Reuters report.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 230 people were kidnapped, including dozens of Christians, some of whom were taken from a church in Qaryatain, the town captured overnight after heavy fighting with the Syrian army. Qaryatain is near a road linking the ancient city of Palmyra to the Qalamoun mountains, along the border with Lebanon.