Iraqi Yazidi Woman Glad over Sentencing Her ISIS Rapist to Death in an Unprecedented Move

Published March 9th, 2020 - 07:15 GMT
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Last November, Ashwaq was able to meet Mohammed Rashid Sahab in a confrontation that was aired on an Iraqi local TV channel. (Twitter)

Ashwaq Haji Hamid, a young  Iraqi Yazidi woman who was raped by an ISIS militant back in 2014, expressed her relief after hearing the judge's death verdict to her ISIS rapist in the case she raised against him. 

In 2014, ISIS had taken over Sinjar town, that was mostly inhabited by the Yazidi minority in Iraq, killing many men and enslaving thousands of women and young girls. Ashwaq, who was only 14 years old at the time, was no exception.

Last November, Ashwaq identified Mohammed Rashid Sahab in the court confrontation, that was aired on a local Iraqi TV channel, collapsing in tears as she remembered what she went through.

On TV, Sahab admitted raping Ashwaq for 77 days, saying that an ISIS leader "had sent her to him as a gift". In his TV appearance, he didn't show any regrets, insisting that "he couldn't tell if she was or wasn't happy with what he did!".

Ashwaq, who was granted asylum in Germany after her release, decided to get back to Iraq in 2018 and started a lawsuit against Sahab, leading to his arrest, in an unprecedented move.

Upon receiving the court rule sentencing her rapist to death, Ashwaq hoped that the justice her case resulted in would inspire many other Iraqi women to report ISIS members who used them as sex slaves over the last few years.


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