Today’s ISIS horror: mandatory female genital mutilation
Over the weekend, the thugs of the new “Islamic State” built upon conquered Iraqi and Syrian territory finished the task of purging Christians from their ancient home in Mosul. (Does anyone know if there’s an international “right of return” movement up and running for these exiled Christians yet?) Today, Reuters relates a United Nations report that ISIS has ordered mandatory female genital mutilation for all the women of Mosul:
The “fatwa” issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.
“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said.
“This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.
No one was immediately available for comment from Islamic State which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.
I can imagine few conversations more bizarre than ringing up a representative of the ISIS “government” and asking them for comment on such a policy.
Female genital mutilation is considered unusual in Iraq, but it’s not a “very new” problem. The UK Independent had an article about the disturbing prevalence of the practice among Sunni Muslims and Kurds in the Kirkuk region, back in May 2013, featuring the story of an anti-FGM activist named Awezan Nuri whose mother was a victim of the practice:
Despite the trauma of that experience, Nuri’s mother still pushed for her six daughters to undergo the same process themselves. “She thought it was the responsibility of every Sunni Muslim to do this. Logically, she disagreed with it, but there was so much pressure from society.”
It is a misguided belief among Muslim communities in dozens of countries around the world that the practice is mandated in Islam. For Nuri, it was an intervention by her father that saved her sisters from the knife – he said he did not agree with it. But most Iraqi Kurds are not so lucky. Figures from the Pana Centre – of which Nuri is vice president, in charge of the campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) – show that 38 per cent of women in Kirkuk are victims. Among ethnic Kurds, that figure rises to 65 per cent.
In Kurdistan, the practice usually involves the removal of the clitoris, and is carried out on young girls between the age of four and 12. However, more severe types of FGM, which include the removal of the inner and outer labia, have also been documented.
The Independent duly noted that the Kurdish Regional Government banned FGM in 2010, and punishes violators with jail time. Awezan Nuri was working to get the government in Baghdad to pass a nationwide ban, but I don’t think she was successful, and now it’s something of a moot point, at least for those living under the rule of ISIS. None of the Western news reports I’ve seen this morning specify whether they’re ordering the “more severe” versions of the procedure. A few reports, such as the one posted at Canada.com, include accusations from Mosul residents that the U.N. statement about the FGM fatwa is false.
An order for mandatory female genital mutilation would be only marginally crazier than some of the other rules ISIS has imposed on its conquered territory. A few weeks ago, the Washington Post highlighted a few previous “notes for residents” of Mosul:
All Muslims will be treated well, unless they are allied with oppressors or help criminals.
Money taken from the government is now public. Whoever steals or loots faces amputations. Anyone who threatens or blackmails will face severe punishment (This section also quotes a verse from the Quran (Al-Ma’idah: 33) that says that criminals may be killed or crucified).
All Muslims are encouraged to perform their prayers with the group.
Drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes are banned.
Rival political or armed groups are not tolerated.
Police and military officers can repent, but anyone who insists upon apostasy faces death.
Sharia law is implemented.
Graves and shrines are not allowed, and will be destroyed.
All women are told that stability is at home and they should not go outside unless necessary. They should be covered, in full Islamic dress.
Be happy to live in an Islamic land.
All women should stay at home and only go outside when necessary, such as when reporting for their mandatory genital mutilations? That’s what a real War on Women looks like. I’m sure the Western feminist community will stop pushing phony statistics on “wage gaps” and get right on this.
Isn’t this the sort of thing that wasn’t going to happen anymore, here at the End of History: armed conquerors forging a new state out of captured land? This particular state is rich, well-armed, stocked up with terror operatives from all over the world, and run by lunatics. I fear that the next generation will ask, in mournful incomprehension, why we didn’t do more to prevent the birth of the “Islamic State.”