ISIS denies claims that they will enforce mandatory female genital mutilation
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/25/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
They've seized Iraqi towns, blown up shrines and have threatened the nation's Christian minority - but ISIS is now hotly denying that they intend to enforce mandatory female genital mutilation. As claimed by a senior United Nations humanitarian official this week, ISIS has ordered families to have their daughters undergo FGM in order to prevent "immorality" or face severe punishment. The jihadist group is dismissing the story as propaganda based on a fake document.
Stories of intended FGM in Iraq have been circulating in the local media for the past few days.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - These allegations came from the U.N.'s deputy humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock. She told reporters that up to four million women and girls aged 11-46 faced the risk of genital mutilation.
"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 a fatwa from Isis. This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists."
Stories have been circulating in Iraqi media for the past few days. A Kurdish website, BasNews, reported this week that the fatwa had been issued by the self-proclaimed "Caliph" of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as a "gift" to the people of Mosul.
BasNews later said that it stood by its story. "Of course Isis would deny this," the editor, Hawar Abdulrazaq, says.
Plans for a statement by the U.K. international development secretary, Justine Greening, were dropped as doubts grew about the accuracy of the claim.
Suspicions about its veracity were based partly on the fact that FGM is not required by Islam and is not prevalent in Iraq. The barbaric practice is widespread in Egypt, Sudan and east Africa.
A document circulating on social media purporting to be the Isis fatwa was in fact dated July 2013, originated in Aleppo, Syria, and was widely described as having being "Photo shopped." It appeared on this week on the Web site of the Saudi-owned TV channel al-Arabiya.
ISIS supporters dismiss the story as a hoax. "If Isis responds to every lie and rumor they will not be able to control all these areas you hear about," tweeted one. "Please ask U.N. to prove their claims before you hear from us."
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