Originally published under the title "Infidel Women: Spoils of War." This piece has been lightly edited, with the author's permission.
As harsh as Islamic law (sharia) is for men, it is even more so for women.
Such injustice for women is confirmed by a newly released report for the UK government on the application of sharia law in England and Wales – a report that reveals the systemic discrimination against women in Islamic courts.
The reason for this is simple. As harsh as Islamic law (sharia) is for men, it is even more so for women. For instance, potential abusers can cite a Koranic verse (4:34) that sanctions wife-beating. If Muslim women are viewed and treated as inferiors by radical Islamists, non-Muslim women are doubly so. For justification, Muslim assailants can cite another ayah (4:24) that condones sexual enslavement of non-Muslim women in the context of jihad.
The treatment of non-Muslim women as subhuman by jihadi organizations, such as ISIS or Boko Haram in Nigeria – where "infidel" females are bought, sold, gang-raped, mutilated, dismembered and burned alive – is relatively well known from ISIS videos. Less well known is that many of these practices are still taking place, often rampantly, across the Muslim world, as a 2016 report revealed:
"Unfortunately, more and more women are the target of [Muslim] terrorist groups. There are numerous international incidents of women being kidnapped, raped, and forced to convert from Christianity to Islam by radical extremist groups.... Many are also sold on the open market. This brutality is not only occurring in the Middle East but in Africa and in many other places. In many of these countries, women are subject to persecution because they are considered second-class citizens because of their gender. As minorities in both gender and faith, Christian women face double the persecution. Although we don't have an exact number, we know that millions of women are being persecuted.... In these Muslim-dominated countries, Christian women are systematically deprived of their freedom to live and are denied basic human necessities."
Had these acts been "committed under any other circumstances," the Voice of Europe assessed, "They would have been classed as either war crimes or crimes against humanity."
According to a 2014 report, approximately 700 Christian and 300 Hindu girls are abducted, enslaved and raped in Pakistan every year. These are extremely large numbers, considering that Christians and Hindus each make up a mere 1% of the country's Muslim-majority population
Unsurprisingly, then, as the number of Muslim migrants grows in Europe, the sexual abuse of non-Muslim women once relegated to Muslim nations is becoming a common fixture also in the West, as here and here.
As a recent Voice of Europe report stated, even when some 1,000 women were sexually assaulted by Muslim migrants in Cologne,
"The reaction of the media, which professes to care about women's rights and well-being, was censorship and burying the news. This is the same reaction most Western media has in the face of migrant crime waves: Witnesses were silenced or ignored and the media didn't take its responsibility to report the truth seriously.... Sweden, a country that was once a feminist's paradise, where women enjoyed unprecedented liberty and hyper-equality, [is] now known for its sex crimes and gang rapes."
A recent report titled, "Rape, murder and misogyny: The real victims of the migrant crisis are Europe's women," provides a few examples of recent sexual assaults against European women:
· In Austria: A 72-year-old grandmother was raped by an Afghan minor; as a result she lost the will to live [and died].
· In Belgium: A young girl was drugged and raped by a migrant after she asked the way to the station.
· In France: Two teens were stabbed to death by a migrant in Marseille.
· In Germany: A 19-year-old student was raped and murdered by an Afghan migrant.
· In Germany: A 17-year-old girl was stabbed to death after quitting her relationship with a migrant.
· In Italy: A Polish woman was gang raped by four migrants in Rimini.
· In the Netherlands: A young girl was raped and almost drowned by an asylum seeker in Kampen.
· In Sweden: A girl was stabbed to death after rejecting an asylum seeker.
· In Sweden: A woman in a wheelchair was gang raped by a group of migrants.
In the UK: Muslim Grooming gangs targeting young girls have been around for decades.
Had these acts been "committed under any other circumstances," the Voice of Europe assessed, "They would have been classed as either war crimes or crimes against humanity...It is clear that the real victims of the migrant crisis are Europe's women: They are quickly losing the freedom they fought for and are clear targets for guests who have been accepted into our societies."
Raymond Ibrahim, author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War in Christians (a Gatestone Publication, published by Regnery, April 2013), is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum.