The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) policing unit in Mosul severely disfigured the faces of 15 Iraqi women by pouring acid on them as a form of punishment after the women were caught without their faces being veiled appropriately last weekend, the Christian Post website reports today (February 11, 2015).
ISIS' all-female policing unit, the Al Khansa brigade -- which polices the streets of the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa and Iraqi stronghold Mosul -- carried out the punishments after the women were detained on February 8 in the Mosul neighborhood of Salamiya, a Kurdish official said.
The official from the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul, Saed Mamuzini, said that the women were subject to the cruel, face-deforming punishment simply because they were caught in public without wearing a Niqab -- the cloth-like veil that fully covers the face except for slits for the eyes.
"They have implemented this punishment so that other women in the city will never consider removing or not wearing the niqab," Mamuzini said. ISIS militants believe that women must wear a full face veil to protect them from debauchery.