Torture and rape, common with Iraqi women in Detention: Where is humanity?
As per the claim made by the leading human rights organization, Iraqi women are suffering from sexual abuse, torture and are illegally arrested by the security forces of Iraq. Agencies interviewed more than a dozen such women who were tortured, raped and compelled to sign confessions. They were forced to do so as their family members’ life was at stake.
There are enough evidences to prove that women were abused not just for the crimes they committed, but also to threaten other male members of their community and family.
1 They tied my feet and hands, thereafter they took away all clothes from my body
Nazira (name changed to protect her identity) in an interview tearfully explained what all happened to her when she was detained by the security officials. She told that a security professional tied both my feet and hands, and forced me to lie down on the ground on my stomach. Thereafter he took away all clothes from my body and started hitting me on my eyes and face.
She further told that they compelled her to confess to a crime that she didn’t committed.
2 They snatched me everywhere
They snatched me everywhere, raped me and insulted me and threatened to do the same with my daughter if I am not going to confess what they told me. Being a mother I was forced to do so after all I need to protect my child.
The incidence as mentioned above cannot be termed as brutal as worse than that is yet to come. Another woman, waiting for death sentence in prison, told reporters that she required crutches after getting continuous electric shocks as well as beatings.
3 There were a number of medical reports to justify the allegations but all were ignored and she was executed few months later.
There were a number of medical reports to justify the allegations but all were ignored and she was executed few months later.
It is important to note that the prison population in Iraq is majorly male, but women are more in danger to face harassment and sexual assault once they are arrested and the worse is the fact that, majority of them doesn’t have access to lawyer even before, during or after the interrogation.
It is indeed the responsibility of the Iraq’ Prime Minister to have a look on the condition and reform the criminal justice system but unfortunately he is unable to stop all this. Although the Prime Minister on the matter already stated that he will not tolerate any abuse or torture, still the cases on the same are still on the rise.
4 The military’ response is such that, some residents are not finding hesitation in stating that they are targeted more instead of the terrorist groups.
Now it is more than a decade since the US invaded Iraq, most of the country is still trying hard to restore law and order.
The fighting that took place between al Qaeda extremists and army in Anbar province compelled more than 140,000 people to go homeless.
The military’ response is such that, some residents are not finding hesitation in stating that they are targeted more instead of the terrorist groups.