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Iraq: ISIS enforces female circumcision

23.7.2014. By Omar Awara. BasNews, Mosul

The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) group is asking all families in Mosul to circumcise their daughters or face severe punishment.

The Spokesman of Mosul Police Ahmed Obaydi told BasNews: “Baghdadi’s decision to have all women circumcised is, as he claims, to prevent immorality and promote Islamic attitudes among Muslims. The decision was made by Baghdadi as a ‘gift’ for people in Mosul.”

Civil Activist Asil Jamal spoke to BasNews about this decision of ISIS and said: “When ISIS was first arriving in Mosul, people were warmly welcoming them, but as a result of ISIS’ horrendous wishes, especially forced female circumcision, it is becoming clear for people that these ISIS militants don’t know anything else except torture.”

“Now, people in Mosul believe that their decisions are dangerous, especially female circumcision [Female Genital Mutilation]. They believe that it is a violation against their rights,” said journalist Saad Qasm in Mosul.

The decision of circumcising two million Iraqi females that is under control of ISIS group by Islamic State Caliphate Abubakr al-Baghdadi faced outrage and strong reactions by human rights organizations, calling the decision “inhumane,” saying that circumcising females exposes them to a greater risk of sickness and weakens sex.

Zanun Majid is a citizen in Mosul who spoke with BasNews about the circumcision and stated: “Due to this decision, many girls fear for their lives, not knowing where to flee, otherwise risking severe punishment by staying.”