Of all the victims of the Islamic State, none are more horrific than the girls captured by the jihadists and treated as sex slaves or forced to “marry” fighters. That is the fate of girls from the minority Yazidi towns and we have first-hand accounts from girls who recently escaped from IS forces. What is most striking is that clerics have justified their rape and slavery as consistent with the Koran and expressly justified under the extremist views of Islam and Sharia law. The girls are being declared “chums” or war spoils and their rape is being defended as allowing pure Islamic fighters from committing adultery. Kidnapping and raping thousands of girls is considered a better alternative than the scourge of adultery to these clerics.
The girls are being treated as “spoils” of war by the Islamic fighters and their cleric leaders. Notably, it is the Islamic State itself that is defending such rapes as morally correct under Islam. In an article in Daqip, the group’s online magazine, the Islamic States said that such rape and enslavement is expressly allowed under Sharia (Shariah) law: “One fifth of the slaves were transferred to the Islamic State’s authority to be divided as chums.” A Chum is tax on war spoils. The rest are being divided among the fighters themselves.
By forcing the girls to be “concubines,” Islamic clerics have declared the fighters can avoid charges of adultery. Fighters have been quoted on social media as they brag over buying and selling Yazidi girls on “slave market day.” One said that he got a Glock handgun for one slave girl.
As many as 7000 girls have been captured and enslaved by the Islamic fighters.
The article below is a chilling account of some of those girls.
Source: NY Times