A Syrian girl has been stoned to death for opening a Facebook account, it has been claimed.
The girl, named in media reports as Fatoum Al-Jassem, was sentenced to death by a Sharia court in Al-Reqqa after it ruled having a Facebook account was immoral behaviour.
She was taken to the court by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants after she was caught using the social networking site, it has been reported.
The court, which is under the jurisdiction of ISIS, ruled the act of being a member of the social network deserved to be punished the same way as adultery, according to examiner.com.
A report in the Arabic-language Al-Rai Al-Youm was picked up by the Fars news agency, a semi-autonomous organisation linked to the Iranian government. The Iran regime has supported Bashar Al-Assad throughout the Syrian civil war.
The ISIS is a pro-Al Qaida jihadist group that much fear is taking an iron grip over parts of Syria. The group was formed in April 2013 and grew out of Al Qaeda’s affiliate organisation in Iraq.
It has since become one of the main jihadist groups fighting government forces in Syria. It took over Al-Reqqa after rebels overran the city in March 2013.
It was the first provincial capital to fall under rebel control. Rebels who have voiced their opposition to ISIS have found themselves arrested and thrown in jail without trial.
The town’s women, meanwhile, have been ordered by ISIS via posters to ‘cover up their beauty’, according to CNN, and banned from seeing male doctors or even leaving home without a male relative. One female activist drew comparisons between the once-liberal Raqqa and Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.