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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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Purcell said she wore a burqua in tribal territories in order to not call attention to the fact that she was a foreigner, and she learned to speak some Pashto and Dari.
The playwright has her act on her romance, even if it means going to an unimaginably awful place, where she can take on the burqua, submit to a husband as his second or third wife, devote herself, unthinking like a teenager in a madrassa, to committing the entire Koran to memory.
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.
On the morning of November 13, after numerous feints and burqua disguises to get there, BBC correspondent John Simpson entered the Afghani capital a few steps ahead of the victorious Northern Alliance forces.
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.
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.
"Before this day, I was praying for the time when my daughter would wear the burqua," Sardar tells me.
So the women are cast into purdah, forced to wear the burqua, an all- enveloping shroud.