Comment by Nikita Malik
The revelation that Shamima Begum, one of the three Bethnal Green girls who went to join Islamic State in 2015, now wants to return home has shocked the nation.
In truth, she will be just one of many women who may choose to return to the UK – so the Government needs to have proper processes to bring these women to justice.
After all, of the 850 people known to have travelled to war zones in Syria and Iraq from the UK, around 100 are women and 50 are children.
While women play a lesser role in committing acts of violence for Islamic State, they nonetheless aid and abet the group – distributing propaganda, policing other women, and marrying jihadist fighters with whom they can bear the next generation of terrorists.
The Bethnal Green trio had each done their research on Islamic State’s activities online and were also in contact with their friend, Sharmeena Begum, who was already in Islamic State territory.
These girls knew exactly what they were getting themselves into.
Read the full article in the Daily Express.