Friday, April 01, 2011

Unfair dismissal .

Look at this picture of Farzana Naz singing at a concert in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province in Afghanistan. No big deal you may think, just another woman signing to an audience. But no, Farzana Naz and Rita Wagma appeared on stage without headscarves. Tribal elders complained and President Hamid Karzai sacked Abdul Satar Mirzakwal, the deputy governor of Helmand province.

Some unfair dismissal claims are bogus but this one I would support. This is 2011 and there should be nothing wrong with women singing without a headscarf. It is only natural for women to sing aloud in public and having their hair uncovered is no great shakes. President Hamid Karzai should come to any park in London and see women without headscarves going about their business. Some women go for a run in the London parks, never mind the lack of a headscarf but look at those jogging bottoms, that black lycra and nothing else stretched across their buttocks. That is not inappropriate like the tribal elders of Lashkar Gah would claim, so they should not get their pyjamas in a twist over the lack of a headscarf. Give Abdul Satar Mirzakwal his job back, he has done nothing wrong and I am sure the 12,000 people who attended the concert enjoyed the show as it was hailed as a success by local authorities.
I'm going to disagree with you here Steve.

Its their country so they can make the rules provided these rules dont have an adverse effect on other countrys. I agree it does seem a little backward to us but then equally there must be many things in this country that come across as odd to other nations.

Surely the piont to celebrate here is that two women were allowed to put on a concert in Helmand in the first place. Less then a decade ago such a thing would have been unthinkable. The Taliban would have removed the heads of he singers and the deputy governor with a big machete and then sent a suicide bomber into the audience for good measure. This concert is a massive step in the right direction with the headscarf issue a smaller piont to resolve.

I fully understand where you are coming from with regards to female joggers, I trust you've enjoyed the recent warm weather and your picnics in the park. Hope for a hot summer.

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