Women Prisons in Mo­sul Guarded by ISIS Lead­ers’ Wives

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

No one is al­lowed to en­ter women’s prison in Mo­sul ex­cept those Is­lamic po­lice-women who su­per­vise it by the di­rect or­ders from ISIS’s Amirs "lead­ers". But peo­ple fled Mo­sul are spin­ning tales most of which are dif­fi­cult to ver­ify ac­cord­ing to “AlHayat” a London-based Ara­bic news­pa­per.

After the ab­duc­tion of over 1200 Ezidi women, mostly young, after Shin­gal in­ci­dent, peo­ple of Mo­sul started telling sto­ries about those prisons and those women been held inside. Some of the Ezidi women have been de­tained there and oth­ers are sold to hu­man traf­fick­ers. Many Shiia and Sun­nis who re­fused to obey ISIS’s rules and laws are also kept here.

The news­pa­per in­ter­viewed some of dis­placed young peo­ple from Mo­sul now liv­ing in Suleimaniyah. They said that as the ISIS tight­ened the reg­u­la­tions against women and started liq­ui­dat­ing men who worked with se­cu­rity forces de­spite their sub­mis­sion to Tawba sys­tem “re­pen­tance, a cam­paign car­ried out by ISIS after over­tak­ing Mo­sul for those who worked in the gov­ern­ment se­cu­rity forces”. The dis­placed young peo­ple say they know the rea­son why ISIS is mov­ing women into the prisons but have no idea what’s go­ing on inside them apart from some in­for­ma­tion told by lo­cal men work­ing with ISIS and their wives who are work­ing as the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s po­lice-women that run the women prisons.

One of the young men said that his neigh­bor’s wife works with ISIS in one of the prisons. She puts on Burqa while at work and she gets or­ders from another high-rank­ing woman.

“There’s a woman who over­sees the women’s po­lice who calls the Amirs ‘lead­ers’ di­rectly through of­fi­cial let­ters de­liv­ered by mes­sen­gers, our neigh­bor also works in a women prison but she never talks about the cap­tives and calls them ‘in­fi­dels upon whom Sharia law must be im­posed’.” The young man added.

The women who did not put on Burqa be­fore the ISIS's dead­line suf­fered tremen­dously. Those who scoffed the ‘law’ and re­fused to ap­ply it, their hus­bands have been ar­rested or ex­e­cuted.

Faisal Sul­tan says one of his rel­a­tives passed a check­point in Mo­sul when ISIS mem­bers asked for his car’s pa­pers and the rea­son his wife doesn’t put on Burqa, he handed them his doc­u­ments and drove off at once, an­noyed by their be­hav­ior. Next day, he bought his wife a Burqa and went to the same place and told them “This is the Burqa, please give my pa­pers back,” but they ar­rested him for not show­ing obe­di­ence and re­spect the pre­vi­ous day when he dashed off after hand­ing them the pa­pers.

The man was ar­rested along­side tens of oth­ers un­der var­i­ous pre­texts ev­ery day, but the new thing is the ex­e­cu­tion of pris­on­ers. The Foren­sic Medicine Cen­tre in the city is re­ceiv­ing bod­ies ev­ery day. Last week, a young man was stoned to death.

Deal­ing with women are done ei­ther through women’s po­lice con­sist­ing of wives of ISIS mem­bers, who are de­ployed in the man-banned mar­kets for ob­serv­ing women’s com­mit­ment to wear­ing Burqa and some oth­ers are guard­ing and su­per­vis­ing women prisons. In some mar­kets ISIS mem­bers are car­ry­ing long sticks to beat women not wear­ing Burqa.

The women’s prison will re­main mys­te­ri­ous around which many sto­ries re­volve be­fore un­fold­ing the se­crets, though some in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights or­ga­ni­za­tions are ob­serv­ing the sit­u­a­tion, at­tempt­ing to find out what’s hap­pen­ing there as soon as pos­si­ble.

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