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June 11, 2008

Too bad

Rosie DiManno introduces Malalai Kaker; wife, mother . . . and pistol-packing deputy police commander in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Malalai Kaker wears a headscarf and a shoulder-holstered pistol. A broad leather belt holds up the trousers of her stock issue blue-grey police uniform – clearly not designed for a female's contours, and most especially not a female who's barely five feet tall.

Shucking off the scarf impatiently, Kaker fires up a cigarette and inhales deeply. It's the first time I've ever seen an Afghan woman smoking. But Kaker is a woman of many firsts.

Via Damian at The Castle, citing Kaker: "For men, it is particularly insulting to be arrested by a female officer. Too bad."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 11, 2008 12:01 AM


If you'll forgive me the expression, You go, girl!

Posted by: cm [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2008 09:28 AM

It kind of gives one pause when what passes for repression of women in the West today is some guy holding up a "Wash My Shirt" sign at a Hillary Clinton event.

Posted by: dpatten [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 11, 2008 12:20 PM