Retweet in haste, repent at leisure: A few minutes ago I retweeted an item from Al-Arabiyah about ISIS ordering all women to undergo female genital mutilation. Now this from i100 in The Independent: No, the Islamic State has not ordered all women to undergo FGM. Excerpt:
A United Nations representative has claimed the Islamic State has ordered all girls and women in and around Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), but i100 understands the story to be false.
Jacqueline Badcock, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, told reporters in Geneva via videolink from Erbil that the “fatwa” issued by the militant group, formerly known as Isis, would affect 4million females aged between 11 and 49.
i100 earlier reported on a supposed edict from the Islamic State that had been circulating on social media, and was told by an expert in the region that it was most likely a hoax.
A UN spokesman in Geneva told Reuters said that they were seeking clarity and trying to establish the facts.
Read the whole post for the detailed rebuttal.