Iraq youths have been stoned to death for their Emo haircuts and wearing stylish clothes by extremists in Baghdad.
Nearly 90 youngsters in Iraq have been stoned to death reportedly by Shia militants in the last one month. At least 14 youths have been stoned to death in Baghdad in the past three weeks, according to sources.
Emo, derived from the word emotional is a western trend that is picking up among Iraqi youngsters. They prefer wearing tight jeans, T-shirts and studded belts. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues. They dye their hair with bangs in front and spikes or straighten their hair.
Activists said that a group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing took dozens of teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago, stoned them to death, and then disposed of their bodies in garbage dumpsters across the capital, reported Al-Akhbar.
"First they throw concrete blocks at the boy's arms, then at his legs, then the final blow is to his head, and if he is not dead then, they start all over again," one person who managed to escape told Al-Akhbar.
Hana al-Bayaty of Brussels Tribunal, an NGO dealing with Iraqi issues, told the news website that the killings appear to have been carried out by extremist Shia militias in mostly poor Shia neighborhoods and said she suspected there is complicity of the ministry of interior in the killings.
The interior ministry had released a statement warning extremists not to step on public freedom of Iraqis, reported Al-Akhbar.
Iraq's prominent Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has raised opposition to the killings of youngsters and said that it is an act of terrorism.