Posted by: becketfund | October 4, 2007

Iraq: Extremists Beat, Murder “un-Islamic” Women

McClatchy Newspapers reports that gangs of extremists have begun to target women in Basra whom they consider “un-Islamic”, killing up to fifteen a month. The gangs, which patrol Basra in cars or on motorbikes, have beaten and killed women whom they found without a headscarf, or wearing clothing that they deemed to be too Western. Men in Basra have also found themselves victims of violence due to their choice of clothing or hairstyle. Basra, an area which is mostly Shiite, has been unable to establish order as various militias fight for power in the area.

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