Woman faces death threats for wearing metal underwear

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Kubra Khademi says she was only campaigning against sexism

An artist who paraded through the streets of Afghanistan wearing a metal underwear has gone into hiding.

This is after the female artist allegedly received death threats for highlighting sexism by wearing a metal underwear and walking around with it on the streets.

Accrding to the Mirror online http://goo.gl/ALR5rg Kubra Khademi donned the custom-built suit of armor and planned to walk Kabul’s streets for 10 minutes during the filmed protest on February 26.

But she was forced back into her car after just eight minutes, facing jeers and catcalls from onlookers in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.

Now she has said from a secret location that she has received threats on her life and is afraid to go out.

“Even kids were saying ‘slap her, slap her'”, she told the BBC. “Many people were yelling at me ‘look at her, what is she doing, is she a foreigner?’.

Kubra  who is in her mid 20’s said she chose the design of the outfit because it highlighted all the things men think about women in the deeply conservative country.

Kubra, who is in her mid-20s, told reporters she had begun to wish for steel underwear since the first time she was groped in public at the age of four.

The protest was a way of expressing that wish as literally as possible.

When Afghanistan was ruled by the Taliban women were forced to wear the burqa at all times, and that sexism still pervades everyday life 14 years later.

Girls are allowed to be educated but many deeply-held views among men have been hard to shake.

The country has faced the anger of Human Rights Watch, which complains there are still no laws to prevent sexual harassment or protect victims.

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