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Scandal In Kabul, Afghanistan. Hard For Us To Understand. by The Elephant's Child

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The New York Post ran these pictures with the headline “Afghan woman shocks onlookers by baring her legs.”

A “mystery woman” ditched her burqa in Kabul and walked briskly around with her legs showing! The act stunned the people she passed and scandalized the country’s mullahs.

The photographer, local journalist Hayat Ensafi, said  “I was shocked. I knew I had to catch this special moment because I never saw a woman here walking down the streets like this.” He tried to talk to her, “but she walked very fast and didn’t talk to me at all.” He  posted the photo on Facebook, and it has gone viral.

The BBC’s Syed Anwar said “We have seen thousands of people talk about it, not only on social media, but also in the streets, people are talking about her, wondering if she is mentally ill or if she is protesting.”

It was not always so, but now Afghan women live under a very severe dress code. During the 1950s, 60s and 70s, women’s rights made some progress. Skirts were common, but many women still wore veils. The Taliban rolled back any women’s rights and it is back to the burqa. Some have argued that this will be used to pave the way for Taliban propaganda. It indicates how modern Western television, movies and publications are threatening to the mullahs.

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afghan women in 1950s
Afghan women in the 1950’s. Says a lot about Muslim men too, at least in Afghanistan.


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