The order was reportedly given by leader of the e self-declared Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the United Nations warned Thursday.
UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters in Geneva through a video from Irbil that the fatwa would potentially affect four million women and girls.
Jacqueline has said that the fatwa is of a grave concern as this is something new for Iraq, particularly in this area.
A spokesman for Mosul police, Ahmed Obaydi, told BasNews, “Baghdadi’s decision to have all women circumcised is, as he claims, to prevent immorality and promote Islamic attitudes among Muslims. The decision was made by Baghdadi as a ‘gift’ for people in Mosul.”
The fatwa by ISIS also sparked outrage by human rights organisations, who said that genital cutting exposes women to an increased risk of disease.
The The World Health Organisation has also expressed concerns regarding the fatwa and said female genital mutilation (FGM) is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women and reflects a deep-rooted inequality between the sexes.
The procedure, also known as female circumcision and female genital cutting, involves the removal of parts or all of the external female genitalia.