Known for his love of women, the recently killed Libyan leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi, married twice. His life centered on his two wives, a doting daughter, hundreds of gun-toting female guards, a Ukrainian nurse and many more women supporters who stood by him during his life.
His first wife, Fatiha, was, according to the BBC, a school teacher. They separated after six months and have a son - Muhammad. His second wife, Safia al-Gadhafi, a nurse by profession, is the mother of his seven other sons.
However, of all the women in his life, the ones most prominently, perhaps, featured with him were his much-talked about female bodyguards. His army of women guards and teams of female nurses earned him infamy across the world.
According to reports, his bodyguards, in addition to being women, were chosen for being virgins. Furthermore, they had to take a vow of chastity and swear to lay down their lives for him. Apparently, they took their oaths seriously -- they reportedly never left his side, day or night. These trained guards were well-versed in martial arts and were experts in the use of weapons, according to a Daily Mail report. The Huffington Post said the women underwent extensive martial arts and firearms training at a special academy before they were officially inducted.
Gadhafi must have thought it made sense to train beautiful women and turn them into killers. Sporting lipstick and high heels in a country where women wore veils in public, his contingent certainly turned heads.
Gadhafi's guards were synonymous with his reign. He would parade them as a symbol of his belief in female liberation. However, as the war kept getting worse, members of his force accused him and his sons of rape and abuse.
They would come and take us by the hand and walk us down the corridor. We knew what would happen, said a teenaged guard, Nisrine Gheriyanih, in a report to India Today.
Gadhafi's visit to Italy in 2009 was punctuated by the invitation of 500 attractive Italian girls for an evening at his villa. He, reportedly, used the event to persuade the girls to convert to Islam and handed them all a copy of his Green Book.
Check out photographs of the Libyan leader, who was captured and killed on Oct. 20, at his hometown of Sirte after a two month hunt by National Transitional Council (NTC) forces, and his bodyguards.
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