ISIS ‘locks women in cages’ for flouting strict dress code in Raqqa

Some other ‘women were forced to sleep overnight in a cemetery’ for not wearing what ISIS deems as appropriate

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Two Syrian women on Friday were locked in a cage full of skeletons in punishment for violating ISIS’s strict dress code in the militant group’s stronghold of Raqqa.

The London-based Observatory for Human Rights said one of the women fainted in the cage and had to be transported to one of the hospitals in the northern province, which became ISIS’s headquarters in Syria after the group took the city in 2013.

A spokesman for the local-based activist group “Raqqa is being Slaughtered Silently” also reported ISIS’ latest scare tactic against women found to have flouted the draconian rules.

ISIS recently locked a 19-year old woman in a cage full of skeletons, driving her to the point of madness, according to Mohammed al-Salih. The spokesman did not specify whether the incident was the same as the one reported by the UK-based monitor.

Salih also said that there were “similar cases of women locked in cages with skeletons or forced to sleep overnight in a cemetery” for not wearing what ISIS deems as appropriate. More serious violations are punished by the amputation of limbs, or execution.

Video reports as well as accounts of escapees show that ISIS forces women living in its areas - whether in Syria or Iraq - to don head-to-toe garbs.

Meanwhile, the Observatory said ISIS has recently stormed homes in Raqqa and arrested 10 men suspected of spying against the group.