Bacha Bazi - Boy Play - Afghanistan's Boys Forced to Dress As Women And Perform - Including Sexual Relations With Men

Bacha bazi, meaning 'boy play', is a tradition found across Afghanistan, where boys dress as women and perform. But these boys, some as young as 10, are also sexually abused by the men - passed around .

Bacha bāzī (Dari: بچه بازی‎, lit. "boy play"; from بچه bacheh, "boy", and بازی play, "game") is a slang term in Afghanistan for a wide variety of activities involving sexual relations between older men and younger adolescent men, or boys.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacha_bazi









 


Confessions of an Afghan Boy Sex Slave 

https://www.newsweek.com/confessions-afghan-boy-sex-slave-337381 

The 20-odd men who had come to the party were expecting a dancing boy, or bacha bereesh. Some were drinking while others were smoking hashish in open windows, looking down into the street of the middle-class Kabul district of Karte-Char as they anticipated the boy’s arrival. 

The 16-year-old Hazara youth was known as “the Chinoise” for his striking oriental features. Many had seen him dance at other parties. He was the jealously guarded “property” of a wealthy Kabul businessman who had promised to bring him around later in the evening.





The secret shame of Afghanistan's bacha bazi 'dancing boys' who are made to dress like little girls, then abused by paedophiles

 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3384027/Women-children-boys-pleasure-secret-shame-Afghanistan-s-bacha-bazi-dancing-boys-dress-like-little-girls-make-skirts-abused-paedophiles.html

Bacha bazi, meaning 'boy play', is a tradition found across Afghanistan, where boys dress as women and perform. But these boys, some as young as 10, are also sexually abused by the men - passed around after the parties The stigma of having been a 'bacha bereesh' sees the victims shunned by their families and society. However, 'owning' more than one boy is seen as a display of both power and wealth among some Afghan war lords





Marines Trained That Rape in Afghanistan Is a ‘Cultural’ Issue 

https://www.thedailybeast.com/marines-trained-that-rape-in-afghanistan-is-a-cultural-issue 

U.S. Marines preparing to go overseas are given a detailed training session about the Marine Corps’ own rules against sexual assault. But they are offered practically no guidance on what to do if they witness rape and other sexual abuses by “local nationals” in other countries, including Afghanistan, where child rape is common. 

A 45-minute scripted presentation given to Marines as part of their pre-deployment process doesn't say that they shouldn’t report sexual assaults in the countries where they’re serving. But it explains that laws and norms about sexual relations vary from country to country, and that in Afghanistan in particular, sexual assault is a “cultural” issue, and not a purely legal one.





U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies 

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/world/asia/us-soldiers-told-to-ignore-afghan-allies-abuse-of-boys.html 

KABUL, Afghanistan — In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base. “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”





Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan 

https://www.thejournal.ie/sex-slave-afghanistan-bacha-bazi-children-3464413-Jul2017/ 

ADORNED IN MAKEUP, fake breasts and bells, Jawed whirls around middle-aged men at Kabul’s underground bacha bazi, or “boy play” parties, where the former child sex slave finds freedom of sorts as a dancing boy. 

Jawed was kidnapped by a former jihadi commander in Shomali, north of Kabul, when he was barely 14, a victim of a hidden epidemic in Afghanistan of culturally-sanctioned male rape. He is one of three former “bachas” traced by AFP who managed to escape their abusers.





The Quran perpetuates Bacha Bazi (Boy Play) culture 

https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/the-quran-perpetuates-bacha-bazi-boy-play-culture.1022976/

Bacha Bazi is practiced primarily in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, a variation of this pedo culture is also present in many Muslim majority countries, just not as openly.





Why is bacha bazi allowed in a few countries even though homosexuality is haram in Islam?

https://www.quora.com/Why-is-bacha-bazi-allowed-in-a-few-countries-even-though-homosexuality-is-haram-in-Islam 

Bachabazi or Pederasty[1] (love for young boys by adult men) is a cultural thing which has nothing to do with Islam. It is haraam (Sin/forbidden) and there is no difference of opinion about it. As for why is it practiced in some areas where Islam is the dominant religion? Same reason any number of other vices exist in these and other areas: people don't always follow religion or the law.





Tales of the Afghan military: Honestly, which officer here hasn’t raped a tea boy?

 https://foreignpolicy.com/2013/04/11/tales-of-the-afghan-military-honestly-which-officer-here-hasnt-raped-a-tea-boy/

Maj. Charles Wagenblast, a military intelligence reservist, brought home this story from Afghanistan about an Afghan colonel: One of the colonels that we both knew had been accused of raping a chai boy, badly. They all have chai boys, it’s not some perverted thing, it’s just what they do. 

Women are for juma. The only time you interact with your wife is on Friday, the rest of the time it’s chai boys. He had been raping this chai boy, which is normal, but he had hurt him really bad. That caused the medical people to get involved and other forces. 

So he’s there in front of the judge, who is an imam. It’s religion mixed with law, the whole code of law would fit in a pamphlet and then there’s the Koran there on top of it. Anyway, his defense was, "Honestly, who hasn’t raped a chai boy? Ha ha ha." And the judge goes, "You’re right. Case dismissed."





The sexually abused dancing boys of Afghanistan

 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-11217772

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. There have been very few attempts by the authorities to clamp down on the bachabaze tradition. 

The streets of Afghanistan are full of working children. They polish shoes, they beg, they gather plastic bottles to resell. They will take on any job which will earn them some money, he says.





Troops detail orders to ignore sexual abuse in Afghanistan, despite general’s denial.

 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/09/23/u-s-general-in-afghanistan-says-there-is-no-policy-to-ignore-sexual-abuse-troops-say-otherwise/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d9176d31a418

It was the winter of 2010 and the poppy fields of Marjah, Afghanistan took most of the day until they thawed into a muddy soup. Pfc. Daniel Ledbetter was a machine gunner in a section of MATV’s — big up-armored trucks that resupplied various outposts scattered around the city. On one resupply run his detachment of vehicles stopped at a checkpoint manned by Afghan National Civil Order Police, known as ANCOP. 

As the trucks idled at the intersection, a family living in a house adjacent to where the police were located approached one of the vehicles. “The family came out and told us that the ANCOP were raping their kids,” said Ledbetter, now separated. 

Ledbetter assumed that it would go up the chain of command and something would be done about it, but nothing happened. “[They] turned a blind-eye to it,” he said. “I guess I think higher ups were afraid to upset the ANCOP and have them start shooting us.” That was 2010. Now after a recent article in the New York Times detailed extensive sexual abuse at the hands of the United States’ Afghan allies, the Pentagon and the top U.S. general in Afghanistan are assuring a disturbed public that no policy of ignoring complaints of sexual assault ever existed, nor was encouraged during the last 14 years. 

 “I personally have served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and am absolutely confident that no such theater policy has ever existed here, and certainly, no such policy has existed throughout my tenure as commander,” wrote Army Gen. John Campbell in a strongly worded statement released Tuesday. 

The New York Times report chronicled the story of a number of Marines and soldiers who witnessed Afghan soldiers sexually abusing children. Some service members were told to ignore it, while one soldier, Army Capt. Dan Quinn, was kicked out of Afghanistan for intervening. The Pentagon echoed Campbell’s statements, with Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook telling reporters Tuesday that, “there is no policy in place that directs any U.S. military or government personnel overseas to ignore human rights abuses.” 

For Ledbetter, the incident in Marjah was just the precursor to what he would experience on his next deployment to Sangin, Afghanistan in 2011. “In Sangin my platoon shared a compound with a company of [Afghan National Army] soldiers and their captain had a different boy there every week,” said Ledbetter, adding that his platoon commander tried to put a stop to it by going to the Afghan captain. 

 Ledbetter’s experience was not an isolated one and the issue seems to have manifested itself in Iraq as well. And while there may have been no policy on ignoring complaints, practice suggests that is what happened, according to veterans.



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