Afghan women face harsh male attitudes

Afghan women in Kabul – AFP photo image

KABUL (AFP – March 2008) — Farida Tarana’s music video is nothing like the raunchy Bollywood or Central Asian ones regularly shown on Afghan television, albeit with bare female arms, shoulders and cleavage smudged out.

The 25-year-old is conservatively dressed and stands almost still as she sings her first single, Qalbam Fedayat (My heart belongs to you).

But the performance is daring in its own way: Tarana does not wear a headscarf, making her the first Afghan woman inside the country to record a music video with her hair uncovered since the Taliban regime fell six years ago. . .

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