Human Rights Watch (HRW) has claimed that ISIS rape and torture Sunni Arab women in their areas of control in Iraq, demonstrating that the terrorist group do not discriminate when it comes to committing its despicable acts on people.
The discovery was made after HRW interviewed six separate victims of ISIS acts in Kirkuk, after they escaped from the ISIS-held town of Hawija.
One documented case was Hanan, a 26-year-old woman who was forced to marry a local ISIS leader because she was deemed an apostate when her husband escaped the ISIS-held town.
Some of the torture methods included her being beaten with plastic cables whilst blindfolded, suspended by her arms at hours at a time, and then raped when she refused to marry the local terrorist leader.
“Little is known about sexual abuse against Sunni Arab women living under ISIS rule,” said the HRW’s deputy Middle East director, Lama Fakih. “We hope that the international community and local authorities will do all they can to give this group of victims the support they need,” she added.
The official also said the victims of Daesh gender violence “suffer the consequences of their abuse long after they have managed to escape,” calling for “a multifaceted response” to their plight.