Cops checking report of Malaysian 'comfort women' in ISIS

Cops checking report of Malaysian 'comfort women' in ISIS

PETALING JAYA - Police are checking the veracity of a report saying some Malaysian women had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) forces to offer sexual comfort to militants.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police received the information from a report in an online portal.

"The information did not come from official channels. We are trying to verify the information as it involves the good name of our country," he said in a press statement Wednesday.

The portal reported that Malaysian women were believed to have joined Isis forces to offer Jihad Al-Nikah or "sexual jihad" to militants.

Senior intelligence officials had allegedly told the online portal that three Malaysian women had gone to the Middle East to join Isis forces.

Jihad Al-Nikah is a concept where Sunni women are said to offer themselves as sexual comfort to fighters for the establishment of an Islamic rule.

The concept originated from a Wahhabi edict in 2013, which called for Sunni women to offer themselves for sexual comfort to boost the morale of fighters in Syria.

Meanwhile, a source from the Bukit Aman counter-terrorism division said intelligence gathered indicated there were only two Malaysian women in Syria.

"They are not involved in sexual jihad, but are there to support their husbands who joined up with Isis.

"One of the women went to Syria in the middle of last year, while the other went in April this year," he said.

The source added that there were women providing sexual comfort to militants, but intelligence showed they are not Malaysians.

More about

Purchase this article for republication.



Your daily good stuff - AsiaOne stories delivered straight to your inbox
By signing up, you agree to our Privacy policy and Terms and Conditions.