Washington: Tunisian women have reportedly travelled to Syria, for what is called as `sexual jihad`, to comfort the Islamist militants fighting there, however, lawmakers believe that such a practice has led to increased number of pregnancies in the country.
Interior Minister Lotfi Bin Jeddo said that the practice of `jihad-al-nikah`, meaning `sexual holy war` in Arabic, has women who have sexual encounters with 20, 30, 100 rebels, after which the women come home pregnant.
According to Huffington Post, Jeddo did not mention how many women are part of this practice and returned to the country with children of jihadist fighters.
Jihad al-nikah, permitting extramarital sexual relations with multiple partners, is considered by some hardline Sunni Muslim Salafists as a legitimate form of holy war.
The report said that a fatwa, or an Islamic religious ruling, was issued last spring, calling for women to travel to Syria to provide intimacy to jihadi fighters there.
While some dismissed the reports of the fatwa as being false, Tunisia`s minister of religious affairs spoke out against the order, saying Tunisian women and girls were not required to obey it.