The fate of ‘dancing boys’ in Afghanistan

Avatar of Nick John By Nick John Dec25,2023 #Afghanistan #dancing
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Bacha bazi is a traditional form of entertainment popular in Afghanistan, in which young boys dress as women and dance.

Bacha bazi is a traditional form of entertainment popular in Afghanistan, in which young boys dress as women and dance.

The fate of 'dancing boys' in Afghanistan

Poverty is the reason bacha bazi has increased in Afghanistan over the past 15 years.

Poverty is the reason bacha bazi has increased in Afghanistan over the past 15 years.

The fate of 'dancing boys' in Afghanistan

After being bought by an owner, these teenage boys were forced to wear women’s dresses, put on makeup and dance at parties, allowing the boss and guests to grope them.

After being bought by an owner, these teenage boys were forced to wear women’s dresses, put on makeup and dance at parties, allowing the boss and guests to grope them.

The fate of 'dancing boys' in Afghanistan

Dr. Soraya Sobhrang, who campaigns against this crime, said each boss can buy up to 10 boys.

Dr. Soraya Sobhrang, who campaigns against this crime, said each boss can buy up to 10 boys.

The fate of 'dancing boys' in Afghanistan

Express said that two-thirds of the boys sold into bacha bazi are between the ages of 13 and 15. Becoming a `dancing boy` is like a life sentence for these pre-teen boys because they will be punished by their families.

Express said that two-thirds of the boys sold into bacha bazi are between the ages of 13 and 15. Becoming a `dancing boy` is like a life sentence for these pre-teen boys because they will be punished by their families.

The fate of 'dancing boys' in Afghanistan

Shukur is a lucky case.

Shukur is a lucky case.

The fate of 'dancing boys' in Afghanistan

In other countries, the above behavior may be charged as pedophilia.

A report by the Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan last year showed that the problem is widespread.

In other countries, the above behavior may be charged as pedophilia.

A report by the Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan last year showed that the problem is widespread.

Kim Dung (Photo: Barat Ali Bator)

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