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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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As Act 2 opens, we see him as the impresario of what seems to be an outrageous lie: that the Homebody is not only dead, but she literally has been torn limb from limb by the "rough boys" of Kabul, who have caught her improperly dressed without a burqua and in possession of debauched Western music.
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.
The burqua (veil) has been mandatory since 1996, and women may be beaten or stoned to death for not wearing the appropriate attire, even if the tightly woven lace insert is not in front of their eyes.
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.
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.
The burqua is a living shroud for girls and women, an all-enveloping veil which is an affront to human rights, but the way of life in the Taleban's Afghanistan.
So the women are cast into purdah, forced to wear the burqua, an all- enveloping shroud.
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.