In separate incidents, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria(ISIS) carried out two executions in a span of 24 hours against two woman by sentencing them to death by stoning over allegations of “adultery.” Unconfirmed reports claim that in at least one case, the woman was sentenced to death as her new husband found that she was not a “virgin.”
Both the incidents of death by stoning have been reported from Al Raqqa Province. “The Islamic State carried out, for the second time in 24 hours, the punishment of Al Rajem (stoning to death for adultery) against another woman in the city of Al Raqqa in a square near the Municipal Stadium,” an official from NGO – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.
The stoning, which was first reported by the SOHR has also been confirmed by Al Jazeera that claimed that the first stoning to death took place in the public square on Thursday evening in the town of Tabaqa in Al Raqqa province. The report noted that the woman was tried at the Islamic sharia court, where neither the witnesses who made the allegation were identified, nor the man, who is said to be the paramour charged.
“Mystery surrounds the whole thing,” Abu Khalil, an activist in Raqqa who runs the anti-Islamic State group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently told Al Jazeera. The group but has released a picture of the Thursday’s stoning incident. The second incident reportedly took place in Al Tabaqa, a town in Al Raqqa, where a 26-year-old woman identified with intials S.H.M.A. was stoned to death by the ISIS militiants.
The SOHR report claimed that the woman was pubically executed by stoning late in the night after the Eshaa Salat, which is the last of five prayers recited by a practising Muslim. The stoning took place in the Popular Market and the victim was a widow. Raqqa, since last year, has been established as the de facto capital of the Islamic State caliphate and since then the region has been witnessing stern and often brutal punishments being carried out by the ISIS militants under the Sharia law.
The incident has been widely criticized on Twitter:
— Hala Jaber (@HalaJaber) July 19, 2014
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