Four Iraqi women were reportedly raped by members of ISIS and later stoned to death in Mosul, Iraq on Feb. 11 for "committing adultery."
Iraqi activist Raafat Sarari told Syrian publication ARA News that the women were arrested on Feb. 10 and executed the next day. The Independent reports that the militant group's Sharia court in Mosul condemned the women for adultery, though the lack of information presented has led to speculation that the rapes were carried out by members of ISIS. No details were given about those who attacked the women.
“The four women were most likely exposed to sexual abuse at the hands of ISIS militants before being driven out of their homes and transferred to the Sharia Court," Abdullah al-Mallah, another activist, told ARA news.
“The statement of the Sharia Court regarding the case of those four women has avoided mentioning the men who have been involved in the alleged adultery," he added.
Mosul has been under the control of ISIS since June 2014, when the militant group took over the city. A recent report by the United Nations said that ISIS regularly forces civilians to gather in public spaces in Mosul to watch brutal punishments - such as stonings and beheadings - handed down by its Sharia courts. The report concluded that the level of violence in Mosul under ISIS rule was "staggering."
Only a few days after ISIS took Mosul, the jihadist group declared their held territories in Syria and Iraq to be a "caliphate," or an Islamic state led by a caliph, which is a political and religious figure whose power in the caliphate is absolute, according to The Wire. Under the law of the caliphate, Sharia courts mete out punishments such as amputation for stealing, and women are discouraged to leave home unless necessary; if they do so, they must be accompanied by a man.
“Apparently," al-Mallah said, referring to the recent stoning in Mosul, "the victims have been raped by Isis jihadis and then stoned to death on charges of committing adultery.”