Women Prisons in Mosul Guarded by ISIS Leaders’ Wives
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.