Christian Syrian Activist Speaks Out after Being 'Arrested' by Islamist Militants for Not Wearing a Veil, by Sharona Schwartz, at The Blaze
"A female Christian Syrian activist opposing the rule of President Bashar Assad was abducted by Islamist militants who disapproved of her participating in an outdoor protest while her hair was uncovered, a Middle Eastern social media outlet is reporting.
"ANA Press, an Egypt-based outlet that aggregates citizen journalist reports, posted a video this weekend showing Marcell Shehwaro being reprimanded by men belonging to the group “Jeish al Mujahedeen” (Mujahedeen Army) who were trying to enforce strict Islamic rules. They later took her into their custody.
"The incident began at a protest in Aleppo which involved creating a memorial banner and planting trees in Jisr al Haj Square in honor of those killed during the civil war, now entering its fourth year.
"ANA reported that a commander from the Jeish al Mujahedeen asked the woman to cover her hair with a veil, and asserted that the part of the city in which she was demonstrating was under their control.
"The day began peacefully for Marcell Shehwaro and her friends who were making a banner to honor those killed in Syria’s civil war
"A man trying to enforce Sharia rules approached Shehwaro and asked her to cover her hair
"Remarkably, Shehwaro held her ground when approached by the men trying to enforce the Islamic custom.
“'What can the Sharia authority do it me if I don’t wear a veil?” she asked. “I will not wear a veil. Let the Sharia Authority arrest me. Put an end to this.'”