Jihadists order total cover-up for Syrian women

Beirut - The jihadist Islamic State has imposed a strict dress code for women in eastern Syria, forbidding them from showing any part of their bodies, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

"Women... are completely forbidden from showing their eyes," said the statement, which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said was distributed in IS-controlled areas of Deir Ezzor province in the east.

Women are also forbidden from wearing "open abayas [traditional black gowns] that reveal colourful clothes worn underneath", it said.

Abayas, it added, "must not be decorated with beads, sequins or anything else" and women "must not wear high heels".

"Anyone who violates this will be penalised," it added, without elaborating on the punishment.

Last month, IS declared the establishment of an Islamic "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq.

The group has been accused of committing some of the worst atrocities in Syria's more than three-year war, including mass kidnappings and summary executions.

In parts of Deir Ezzor city that are under jihadist control, the group also distributed a statement forbidding the sale and public use of nargileh (water pipe) tobacco and cigarettes, the Observatory said.

"In its effort to implement Islamic law and to fight evil things, it is completely forbidden to sell cigarettes and nargileh anywhere," it said, citing the jihadists who also forbade "smoking in public".

IS first emerged in Syria's war in late spring last year.

It has taken over large swathes of formerly opposition-held areas, after fighting rebels seeking President Bashar Assad's overthrow.

In recent weeks, it has fought on multiple fronts against regime troops, rebels including Islamists, and Kurdish fighters.

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Azana Booi 2014/07/31 06:56:52 PM
These guys REALLY HATE women!!!! I don't get why they even bother MARYING them!!! It's just a sexual contract I guess.
Gavin J Dandridge 2014/07/31 07:12:20 PM
The irony here is the only evil is Islam.
Web Perfect 2014/07/31 07:36:08 PM
Strange how you do not hear one "Anti" comment on News24 from Muslims when it comes to this type of barbaric behaviour. But when it comes to Israel, they "anti-semitism" tirade is never ending.
Michael Ndalama Mwale 2014/07/31 09:02:03 PM
I feel pity for these women. Being told by another human being what to wear and how to wear it is really humiliating. No one must claim to be a representative of God on earth for the sake of oppressing other human beings. The Islamists are downright criminals!
William Ronga 2014/07/31 09:22:56 PM
Those men are so ugly they should cover up. Tools
mmmmTim 2014/07/31 10:06:48 PM
There seems to be a global competition between various Muslim sects as to who can come up with the most oppressive, ridiculous, viscious nonsensical mantras. Instead of the Arab Spring, I look forward to the Muslim Spring where the normal Muslims rise up against the nutters talking such rubbish
William Ronga 2014/07/31 10:34:50 PM
The fact of the matter is that you all look at other woman because all off yours are covered up
Nicolas Kritzinger 2014/08/01 12:33:15 AM
It is so easy to have sympathy with a certain religion and its followers who have declared war on all others but cries foul when others retaliate or put measures in place to defend themselves.....
forest gump 2014/08/01 07:10:44 AM
“When you see a female dressed in a manner that is unacceptable Islamically, do not for a moment think that she is lower than you spiritually. If you do that, you are lower than her. Believe me, that is the teaching of your religion. She might have a link with her creator that you do not know about. She might have a heart that is tons better than yours. She might have one weakness that is outward, and you have 50 weaknesses that are hidden.”- Mufti Ismail Menk
Glen Freebie 2014/08/01 08:07:40 AM
They're just a bunch of insecure queers with Guns ... Its like a giant gay club.