The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) publicly whipped 20 women -- giving each one 20 lashes -- in the center of a market in Mosul, Iraq, claiming that they were not wearing the required piece of black cloth to cover their eyes over the veil that is required of women to cover their face, the Clarion Project website reports today (August 20, 2015).
The whipping marks the first time that ISIS militants lashed the local women themselves. Previously, ISIS used foreign female volunteers to carry out the lashings.
Reports in the Iraqi newspaper "A-Sabach" (The Morning) say that the women were lashed on their backs and legs.
One Iraqi woman told the newspaper: "I am not surprised to see this occurrence from the cowards of ISIS. They say that they are concerned about women being modest, but they are the first who took our free women as captives and raped them in Mosul."