Women expose ISIS horrendous crimes in Iraq

Nearly three years after Iraq has fallen to ISIS, the terror group's violations are limitless and its atrocities have not been abated. Women and girls, the vulnerable group in any conflict, are suffering the most under ISIS.

Women's inability to defend themselves and escape made them fall victims to the group's criminals.

Under ISIS, women have seen all types of crimes such as killing, kidnapping, sexual violence, torture, rape, and sexual slavery.

In May, Observatory for the Defense of the Rights of Women and Children (ODRWC) said ISIS terrorists had killed seven Iraqi women and dozens of children in the Old City, located in Mosul's right bank.

Moreover, the terrorist group imposes abusive restrictions on other Iraqi women and girls and severely limits their freedom of movement and access to health care and education in areas under its control.

Iraqi MP Vian Dakhil called on the government and the international community on Monday to release women kidnapped by ISIS, unveiling that the terrorist group has burned many Shiite women in Tal Afar district, located in Nineveh Governorate.

In her speech in the fight against sexual violence conference, held by the Ministry of Interior, Dakhil said that the government has to rehabilitate women and children who survived ISIS atrocities.

Yazidi women are not the only women who have been exposed to violence, she noted, adding that all women in conflict-stricken areas are suffering.

The Iraqi MP stated that 6,420 people have been kidnapped, including Yazidi women and children.

The security forces have freed 3,330 people from ISIS' clutches, she added.

Human Rights watch has documented systematic rape of Yazidi women and girls.

According to her, the Iraqi women are exposed to a great scale of violence and their rights are not respected.
Human Rights watch have documented systematic rape of Yazidi women and girls. However, Sunni women were not luckier than Shiites or Yazidis.

According to a Human Rights' report, ISIS criminals are arbitrarily detaining, ill-treating, torturing, and forcibly marrying Sunni Arab women and girls in areas under their control in Iraq.

Those who survived the crimes of ISIS have to receive a proper treatment in order to be able to mingle again in the society.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that mental health and psychosocial support are essential components of comprehensive care for survivors of sexual violence.

For this reason, the Iraqi and Kurdish governments and international donors should ensure adequate support services, including comprehensive, long-term psychosocial support for those who have escaped.

A range of mental health and psychosocial services have been provided by Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), UN agencies, and nongovernmental organizations.

But because there are not enough services or expenses are too great for some families, or distance, lack of understanding about psychosocial support, or ambiguous feelings about getting support and stigma over rape and mental health, only a few accept receiving treatment.