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a loose garment (usually with veiled holes for the eyes) worn by Muslim women especially in India and Pakistan


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Once again, the objections of the very men who are at that moment celebrating the Taliban's departure and the fact that the woman remains in her burqua put paid to Manyon's suggestion that the Taliban are the source of all 'bigotry'.
Aside from the customary reduction of the burqua to a symbol of oppression, the statement contains many ironies in the face of unrelenting emphasis in the west on women's social duty to be attractive while commercial markets rapidly expand to target teenage women.
One important consequence of journalists' wearing of the burqua is the tension set up between empathetic identification on the one hand, and its power to qualify her or him to speak for and on behalf of Afghan women on the other.
The concealment of female bodies under the burqua was a major focus of attention for British reporting on Afghan women during Operation Enduring Freedom, 2001.
As recent news media coverage of the burqua shows, there is a clear need to complicate British popular understandings of the garment.
As Sahar Saba of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) argues, adopting the burqua as a visual symbol of women's oppression proved counterproductive, since it set the parameters of discussion within such narrow confines that some Afghan women actually declared they could even live with the burqua if they had the right to pursue their chosen life goals, to receive an education or have access to healthcare.
Despite the morally compromising alliance between the United States and the Saudi Arabian royal family, coalition leaders understood the political expediency of adopting the burqua as a potent metaphor of liberation (Roy: 2002).
Since the Taliban took power in 1996, women have had to wear burqua and have been beaten and stoned in public for not having the proper attire, even if this means simply not having the mesh covering in front of their eyes.
At one of the rare hospitals for women, a reporter found still, nearly lifeless bodies lying motionless on top of beds, wrapped in their burqua, unwilling to speak, eat, or do anything, but slowly wasting away.
Michel Peyrard, a reporter for the French weekly Paris Match, thought hiding under a burqua, the head-to-toe shroud that women are required to wear in public, would provide adequate cover.
Yvonne Ridley, 43, with London's Sunday Express, spent 48 hours biding under a burqua to chronicle details from inside Taliban-held territory before the airstrikes began.
Every female must wear the all-enveloping burqua - a shroud for life, with only a mesh through which to see.
The woman wrote of going to the market to buy some second-hand clothes and of lifting her burqua slightly to examine some shirts.
So the women are cast into purdah, forced to wear the burqua, an all- enveloping shroud.