At least 14 youths have been stoned to death in Baghdad the past few weeks because of their “emo” style. The kids were criticized and killed for their choice of clothes and haircuts.
It started last week when Iraq’s interior ministry declared “emo” to be Satanism. They demanded that a community police force put a stop to kids following this trend.
Militants have handed out leaflets with names of emo kids who may be killed:
“We strongly warn you, to all the obscene males and females, if you will not leave this filthy work within four days the punishment of God will descend upon you at the hand of the Mujahideen,” the leaflet said.
Another leaflet in Sadr City bore 20 names. “We are the Brigades of Anger. We warn you, if you do not get back to sanity and the right path, you will be killed,” it said.
The bodies have not been identified because hospital employees are not authorized to speak to the media. However, Reuters was able to get some insight from a local doctor:
“Last week I signed the death certificates of three of those young people, and the reason for death I wrote in my own hand was severe skull fractures,” a doctor at al-Kindi hospital told Reuters. “A very powerful blow to the head caused these fractures which totally smashed the skull of the victim.”
Last month the interior ministry said it was monitoring the “emo” trend and denied relation to any of the murders.