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LOVE CRIMES OF KABUL is an intimate portrait of three young Afghani women accused of committing "moral crimes" such as premarital sex and running away from home. As we follow them from prison to trial, we discover the pressures and paradoxes that women in Afghanistan face today-and the dangerous consequences when they refuse to fit in. Written by
Not a story of crying helpless oppressed woman but of strong willed woman who knew how to get back to men!
This movie was quite a shock as I was expecting a typical story of how woman are oppressed , helpless and at mercy of men in a Taliban style Islamist society. But in reality what i found was quite different , story of strong willed woman who knew what they were doing, who knew how to use Sharia Islamic law and who most importantly chose to do take decisions of life despite the odds. That is ground breaking , courageous and really unexpected.
It chronicles story of three woman who are in jail for "moral crimes" i.e. doing things which a "good Islamic woman" should not do. First is the girl who had per-martial sex with her boy friend. When the boy refuses to marry her ; she herself surrenders to police and ask herself to put in jail (since sex before marriage is a crime in Islamic Law) . Why she did it? Coz sex before marriage is a crime for a man too and so she is also arrested and then in order to get release from jail he is forced to marry her. Even during marriage as per Sharia law she is entitled to fix her "divorce price" and she asks him as $30000 alimony in case of divorce (which is like a 30 million in Afgan economy) only to make sure that he can not divorce her after marriage . This she does against the wishes of her parents. This is quite remarkable story of courage who know how to twist and manipulate sharia law to advantage of woman! Never knew woman could do this in Islamic world.
The second story is of woman who is in jail coz she left her husband home. Again a crime in Islamic law and is arrested with a elderly woman where she seek refuge. This seems harsh at first but later we found that she is arrested by first wife of son of that elderly woman who caught this absconding woman and her husband kissing each other. So she got her husband , her mother in law and this "other woman" arrested . Quite a way to get revenge from husband for cheating :). Now again the easiest route of their release of if the man and this woman with whom she has affair marry each other ; but despite repeated pressure , pleading and coarsening from the landlady this absconding woman stood her ground and refuse to marry the man she was caught kissing. This is even more remarkable that first story as woman chose to be all alone in a man's world , despite knowing she cant return to her parents and have nowhere to go. That idea of a "single woman" in Afagan Taliban society was surprise for me.
The third story is even more interesting. A boy and girl , not married to each other is caught by their parents in "compramising situation" . Again since sex before marriage is crime she is arrested but then a medical test confirms that she is still virgin (how do they really do it ? I mean how they make sure? Just curious ) . So she should be set free but then she is charged with sodomy (Anal sex is even bigger taboo in Islam than anything else ) . And in her case since the boy is minor he can't marry her . But despite all this she is unfazed , happy and confidant of her future. She is relaxed coz she know she will find someone else. I was shocked that a young girl in Afagan Taliban society can be so bold about her sexuality and be so casual about it specially with regards to sodomy.
As a whole most interesting aspect of this movie was even though they were supposedly criminal , no one saw their moral crimes as serious , woman could openly smoke inside jail, wear tight dresses and discuss about sex. This is not a picture you expect in a society where woman have no freedom. This shows underbelly of Afgan society where woman are aware of their choices , their life and ready to chose their man. This of course will not be true for every Afghan woman but shows the true side of society. Quite an eye-opener and I will say must watch for everyone !!
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