While in this country the sexual abuse of children is a taboo in other cultures it is a familiar practice and everyone turns a blind eye. Wikileaks have exposed how Americans used this practice to pave the way to get what they want from villagers. Even though this is illegal in America, and I am sure they knew what they were doing is wrong they went ahead and did it all the same. Greed silenced their conscience. The god of money triumphed over moral values.
Children were abused on American military dollars. The cables are undoubtedly an embarrassment to the war effort. Whereas previously bacha bazi was used in the media to stress the necessity of the war effort – “these people need to be liberated,” so the theory went – the WikiLeaks cables have completely reversed that notion. Americans are clearly not liberators if they are promoting child abuse instead of preventing and prohibiting it.
But the bigger picture remains that bacha bazi was there to be exploited.
It exists, and Pashtuns need to talk about it so they can make the changes from within. Pedophilia is not a phenomenon exclusive to one culture. It tends to thrive in any situation where males and females are segregated, whether that is a religious institution, a culture of segregated boarding schools, or a closed society. Bacha bazi is particularly troubling to many people because it is not only pedophilia but culturally accepted pedophilia – amongst those Pashtuns who accept and practice it openly. The sensitivities are even greater because of this but the fact that they exist suggests that many Pashtuns realize the practice is problematic. Read the entire story