Since the end of the war and the outbreak of anarchy on Baghdad’s streets, Iraqi women have grown increasingly afraid of being abducted and raped.
The breakdown of the Iraqi government after the war makes any crime hard to quantify, says the New York Times. But the incidence of rape and abduction in particular seems to have increased, according to discussions with physicians, law-enforcement officials and families involved.
A new report by Human Rights Watch found 25 credible reports of abduction and sexual violence since the war. Baghdadis believe there are far more, and fear is limiting women’s role in the capital’s economic, social and political life just as Iraq tries to rise from the ashes, the report notes.