WorldViews: Photo of woman with legs bared in Kabul goes viral, drawing scorn, outrage

By Sudarsan Raghavan, December 7, 2014

KABUL — It was an innocent-looking photo.

A young woman with long brown hair tied in a ponytail walking in an upper-middle-class district of Kabul. She wore purple footwear and a purple dress that fell to her knees, revealing her bare legs. In any urban area, hardly anyone would have given a second glance at the woman. But this is Afghanistan, and the woman might as well have been a purple alien dropped down from Mars.

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