Tunisian women practicing 'sex-jihad', indulging in sex with 100 Syrian rebels
Damascus: A number of Tunisian women are indulging in 'sex-jihad' a practice of comforting (read: satisfying) Syrian rebel fighters in the face of the civil war.
The revelations were made by Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou. He revealed that a number of Tunisian women are travelling to Syria and indulging in sexual relationship with as many as 20 to 100 rebel fighters and returning back pregnant.
The women are indulging in the practice as part of 'jihad al-nikah' (sexual holy war). However, the minister did not specify the on the number of women involved in this practice.
'Jihad al-nikah', permitting extramarital sexual relations with multiple partners, is considered by some hard-line Sunni Muslim Salafists as a legitimate form of holy war.
The Salafists branch of Sunni Islam permits sex out of marriage as legitimate. The matter came up for discussion even at the United Nation (UN).
“Wahhabist fighters have called the rape as ‘Jihad al-Nikah,’ assuming women and girl as war prisoners, and raping them as permissible. This is should not be, it is against the Human Rights the ethics,” UN Commissioner for Human Rights commented.
A shocking video posted by Jordanian cleric Salafi Sheikh Yasir al-Ajlawni on YouTube legitimised raping of Syrian “Alawites and other non-Sunni, non-Muslim women”.
A number of Sunni clerics in the past have repeated calls legitimising sexual intercourse and called the women as "short-term intercourse bride".
On the other hand, a large number of young men have also travelled to Syria to participate in the war against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Though, the Tunisian government has refused to confirm the reports, it says that more than 6,000 people were prevented from crossing the border.
Tunisia has history of sending fighters to fight in various conflict zones, from Iraq to Afghanistan.