Bacha posh also allows the family to avoid the social stigma associated of not having any male children.

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Historian Nancy Dupree told a reporter from The New York Times that she recalled a photograph dating back to the early 1900s during the reign of Habibullah Khan in which women dressed as men guarded the king's harem, because officially, the harem could be guarded by neither women nor men.

"Segregation calls for creativity," she said, "These people have the most amazing coping capability." In Afghanistan and Pakistan, there is societal pressure for families to have a son to carry on the family name and to inherit the father's property.

As far as experts can tell, the practice is fairly common, but due to its nature and poor government record-keeping, it is unclear just how many bacha posh there are.

In Afghanistan, everyone knows about at least one family where this practice is going on if not in their own families.

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If you are looking for rare, hard to find jewelry, check out our Estate Collection for a variety of jewelry that not only catches your eye, but has a great story.In her family, she will occupy an intermediate status in which she is treated as neither a daughter nor fully as a son, but she will not need to cook or clean like other girls.As a bacha posh, a girl is more readily able to attend school, run errands, move freely in public, escort her sisters in places where they could not be without a male companion, play sports and find work. The process is simple and the results are one-of-a-kind.From new and unique designs to updating older jewelry, we can transform your vision into reality.In the absence of a son, families may dress one of their daughters as a male, with some adhering to the belief that having a bacha posh will make it more likely for a mother to give birth to a son in a subsequent pregnancy.