On July 25 the Islamic State warned that women in Mosul must wear full veils “to end the pretext of debauchery.”
The women were also told they “risk severe punishment” for not complying.
This comes amid news that the Islamic State has 3,000 fighters in Iraq: a number that approaches 20,000 “when new recruits…are included.”
According to Reuters, the Islamic State released a statement explaining how “overdressing” by the women in the Mosul had caused many problems. Seen in that light they said: “This is not a restriction on her freedom but to prevent her from falling into humiliation and vulgarity or to be a theater for the eyes of those who are looking.”
The Guardian reports that the demand for full veils is yet another step in what has been a “[systematic] stamping out [of] any religious or cultural influences they deem non-Islamic.”
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