WATCH: Women Liberated From ISIS Remove Veils, Burn Them
In a video posted by Rudaw English, women liberated from ISIS-controlled areas are seen celebrating their freedom, taking off their veils and burning them in defiance of their once-oppressive rulers.
The women, with sheer joy on their faces, remove their veils, once mandated by their rulers, and begin to set them aflame. The women are also seen smoking cigarettes and cheering over their newfound freedom.
Freed children are also shown eating fruit and embracing one another with dance and song.
Areas under ISIS rule have been described as a "giant prison," which typically have banned internet access and closed up cyber cafes. And life for women under such reign can be particularly devastating. "Women rarely venture out for fear of being reprimand by Isis police, known as the Hisbah, and the female unit, the Khansaa Brigade, even for the slightest transgression, such as carrying a brightly coloured handbag," noted The Guardian last year.
“The life of a girl was itself a violation,” said Raqqa native Ramadan.
ISIS is also notorious for sex slavery, typically capturing religious minority Yazidi women and girls. The females are passed around as sex slaves for ISIS fighters, some even being reportedly beaten until they miscarry if they are to become pregnant, as a womb must be "empty" before the rape can occur.
As noted by The New York Times, “Islamic State leaders have made sexual slavery as they believe it was practiced during the Prophet Muhammad’s time integral to the group’s operations, preying on the women and girls the group captured from the Yazidi religious minority almost two years ago. To keep the sex trade running, the fighters have aggressively pushed birth control on their victims so they can continue the abuse unabated while the women are passed among them.”