A Few days ago, the Tunisian Interior Minister, Lotfi Ben Jeddou, boldly revealed scorching information about the Jihad Niqa’h file during one of the sessions held in the National Constituent Assembly. Ben Jeddou has finally agreed to speak straightforwardly and unveil the truth behind the female Tunisian citizens practicing Jihad in Syria.
On September 16, Ben Jeddou announced the number of the female individuals coming back from Syria, which neighbored a hundred women. The minister stated that some of these women returned pregnant and others infected with manifold sexual diseases, AIDS included.
A previous report by The Tunis Times conveyed the abominable circumstances underwent by these women ever fragile after such a costly blunder. The casualties, after being coaxed into prostitution networks by a dint of religious indoctrination, fled back home only to find infuriated families and a slurred reputation.
Notwithstanding the overwhelming majority of the Tunisian society deeming these girls as “dirty wantons”, feminine backup remains boundless. In the light of such an abysmal backdrop, the National Union for the Tunisian Woman declared that the union would support these victims both morally and materially by providing shelter and protection along with other necessities.
According to Al- Chourouk newspaper, the sexual Jihadist women originate from Bizerte, Gafsa, Sfax, Gasrin and Tunis. The capital’s candidates are predominantly from “Mourouj” and “Tadhamon”, a poor suburb.
The president of the National Union for the Tunisian Woman, Radhia Jerbi, stated that in the framework of welfare, a listening cell will be established for those cases. The cell’s major tasks are listening to the victims’ account of their suffering, guiding them in their fight against AIDS and other diseases and helping them in their legal battles. A number of experts will supervise the dedicated cell: lawyers, psychiatrists and physicians.
According to Hajer Alaoura, a sociologist a member of the team, “briefing and guidance will be provided to whosoever has been subjected to any forms of family rejection and has no shelter to reside in until they get a financial settlement.”
The specialist confirmed that the center has not been contacted yet by any girl who has been lured to go to Syria for Jihad Niqa’h.
In a recent interview with Ben Jeddou by Al- Chourouk newspaper, the minister affirmed that security forces have arrested 82 individuals of the network recruiters who were involved in human trafficking.
The minister aptly qualified the Jihad Niqa’h as a human trade. Security forces succeeded in arresting the most dangerous network of deportation in Ben Guerdane, Southwest the country. They are now in custody and investigations are pursuing their course to reveal the commanding part lurking behind the startling phenomenon.
The minister added that some of the “Jihadist” girls were minors when they departed to plunge into the misadventure. Some fled across the Libyan borders, others used the pretext of studies and another group traveled to Turkey under the subterfuge of business.
Meanwhile restrictive travel measures were imposed on the female Tunisian citizens in an attempt to reduce the growing number of travelling women to Syria. The measures were far from being warmly welcomed by the civil society’s activists who saw in it great deterioration of women’s rights in the context of general trend of erosion of freedoms.
“We received distress calls from a number of Tunisian women who sought help to return home. Moreover, we are working in cooperation with the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find a way out of this limbo since diplomatic relations with Syria were unfortunately cut,” Ben Jeddou concluded.