The dust hasn’t even settled from the departure of the last U.S. and coalition troops, and the sharia-inspired Islamic crackdown on homosexuals and fashion-trendy young people is in full swing.
CNN A recent rash of killings of people perceived to be gay or emo in Iraq has stoked fear within those communities, which worry the government might be unwilling or unable to protect them.
At least 14 such victims were killed in Baghdad in the past three weeks, according to a senior Interior Ministry official. But Rights activists claim the number is actually much higher, with some suggesting dozens or more than 100 have been killed since February, many of them stoned to death by the ‘Morality’ Police for having emo haircuts and tight jeans. The killings appear to target people perceived to be gay, or emo — shorthand in Iraq for an in-your-face style of Western dress that favors tight clothes, long hair and the color black.
“Ten days ago, I received a letter from militiamen threatening me that if they found me then they will not kill me like other ‘perverts,’ but they will cut my body into pieces,” a gay activist told CNN. “We strongly warn every male and female debauchee, if you do not stop this dirty act within four days, then the punishment of God will fall on you at the hands of Mujahideen,” it read. Iraq’s Moral Police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdad schools and pinpoint students with Western appearances.