Women from Tunisia are allegedly travelling into Syria to have sex with Islamist fighters battling the Assad regime, a practice Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou of Tunisia referred to as “sex jihad.”
“They have sexual relations with 20, 30, 100 militants,” ben Jeddou told members of the National Constituent Assembly on Thursday.
After comforting militants, many return to Tunisia pregnant, although the ministry did not say how many.
“After the sexual liaisons they have there in the name of ‘jihad al-nikah,’ [sexual holy war, in Arabic], they come home pregnant,” he said.
Jihad al-nikah makes extramarital sexual relations with multiple partners acceptable and hard-line Sunni Muslim Salafists consider it a form of holy war.
Hundreds of Yunisian men have joined jihadist fighters in Syria. Thousands have joined jihadists in Afghanistan and Iraq as well.
It is unclear how many women have gone to Syria to wage jihan al-nikah. Media reports say hundreds, Raw Story reported.
Ben Jeddou claims since he took office in March he has stopped “6,000 of our young people “ from entering Syria.