In some cases boys are molested to humiliate and dishonour their families, often as a form of retribution or vengeance for acts like a village rebelling. The orchestra started up with a curious, plaintive melody, the rhythm being taken up and stressed by the kettle drums, and four bachehs took up their positions on the carpet. One where boys as young as nine are forced to dress up as women and dance for older men, only to be raped after their performance, and are kept as concubines until the age of The nails of the hands and feet are painted red, the eyebrows are jet black and meet over the bridge of the nose. The moral tone of the society of Central Asia is scarcely improved by the change". British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to "touch and fondle them," which the soldiers didn't understand. Swifter and swifter moved the dancers till they finally sank to the floor, seemingly exhausted and enchanted by love. But as men increasingly use boys for sexual gratification, women in their households and communities find themselves overlooked and confined to subordinate roles, further contributing to their marginalisation in Afghan society. He was subsequently severely beaten by two U. Now a youth activist in Kabul, he said he did not want to end up the way that many other victims do -- becoming predators themselves. Several other factors such as an absence of the rule of law, corruption, limited access to justice, illiteracy, poverty, insecurity and the existence of armed groups have also resulted in the spread of bacha bazi, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission AIHRC said in a report in Opposite us a door left slightly ajar led to the harem quarters. However, he says the bachas appeared to be of consenting age and so US soldiers did not intervene. Instead, authorities in February launched a massive raid on a bacha bazi party in Kabul, jailing not the organisers but a handful of dancing boys, multiple witnesses told AFP.