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.