New IS Female Militia Manifesto Advises Girls To Remain Sedentary After Marrying At Age 9

06/02/2015 3:30 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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TUNIS, TUNISIA- OCTOBER 23: Before the Arab Spring revolution in Tunisia nearly four years ago, muslim women were not even allowed to wear conservative head scarves in public. Today about half the women in Tunis opt to cover and half do not. Elections is Tunisia are to begin in late October and the country is at a cross roads politically. Most citizens say they do not want to be governed by an autocratic regime (such as they had before their Arab Spring) but neither do they want to be led by radical Islamists. The hope for many is to be led by a government that allows religious freedoms but keep Jihadists in check to protect security. (Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

NEW YORK: A manifesto published by an all-female subgroup of the Islamic State (IS) has reportedly affirmed that girls can get married by the age of nine, should be hitched by age 16 or 17 and should lead "sedentary lives" as mothers.

The manifesto, produced by IS' female militia Al-Khanssaa Brigade, stated that it is always preferable for a woman to stay hidden, veiled and to maintain society from behind the veil, reported New York Post.

It also advised Muslim women to stay away from beauty salons and fashion boutiques and affirmed that matters of "adventure and excitement," themes that are most used by Western recruiters trying to recruit young women to IS, are the "realm of men."

The document said in its conclusion, "Just as they have sexed up what it is to be a woman living in the so-called caliphate, this document dresses it down. Women, it is unambiguously stated, are homemakers and mothers."

The guidelines were published on a jihadist forum last month and translated into English by the London-based Quilliam Foundation, a counter-terror think tank.

It said that the manifesto was aimed at providing a "more accurate description of how Muslim women are expected to behave" in the Islamic Caliphate, as opposed to accounts by Western female jihadists.

The group has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic Caliphate in the areas under its control.

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