Bachabaze of Afghanistan

In Afghanistan women are not allowed to dance in public, but boys can be made to dance in women’s clothing – and they are often sexually abused. This is an ancient tradition. People call it bachabaze which literally means “playing with boys”. 


The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan a 2010 documentary film produced by Clover Films and directed by Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi, also brought before our eyes the thriving practice  in Afghanistan, where powerful and rich men keep dancing boys as status symbols.


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