This practices furthermore constitutes a large portion of human rights violations within the country of Afghanistan. Bacha Bazi entails the sexual abuse and exploitation of young boys through unequal power relations, as the practice is typified by young vulnerable males being exploited by powerful societal figures, such as army commanders, politicians, and other individuals who owe to wealth and valuable status. Part from the sexual abuse of these innocent children, these boys are at times, forced to dress as women and perform dances at private social gatherings. In addition to this, Bacha Bazi is not deemed as homosexual, but rather an acceptable cultural practice.
Women who killed Afghan official with promises of sex, released with Taliban prisoners
Sex and Security in Afghanistan - PRIO
By Stefanie Glinski. KABUL Thomson Reuters Foundation - In conservative Afghanistan, former dancing boy Farhad leads a double life; married father-of-six by day, cross-dressing dancer and sex worker by night. Islamic clerics led calls for the centuries-old tradition to be stopped, saying those involved should be stoned for sodomy which is forbidden under Islamic law. In aid workers said they were seeing a growing number of children orphaned or forced to work on the streets. But human rights campaigners voiced concerns not only about the abuse of young boys but the impact on those forced into this kind of exploitation in their later lives. Farhad, now 29 - who asked not to be identified by his real name - said he was raped in his early teens by several local police officers but his parents quickly moved from their home city and never wanted to talk about the attack or report it. Shame, or threats from those responsible, prevents most victims of sexual abuse from speaking up in a country where the sexes are strictly segregated and it is common for men to dance for other men at weddings.
Afghanistan has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment at the highest levels of government. Officials deny wrongdoing but a BBC investigation has heard from women who describe a culture of abuse. In a house near the foot of the dusty mountains that surround Kabul, I meet a former government employee. She asks to remain anonymous because she fears a backlash.
Talking about sex and sexually transmitted diseases can be tough for any teenager, but it can be especially difficult in culturally conservative countries like Afghanistan. Along with other participants, she received information on how condoms can prevent the spread of disease and play an important role in family planning. The participants say the discussions allow them to express themselves, share their concerns and talk openly about the challenges they face growing up together in Afghanistan.