One day in the spring of 2010, Muska phoned her fellow poets from a hospital bed in the southeastern city of Kandahar to say that sheâ€™d set herself on fire. Sheâ€™d burned herself in protest. Her brothers had beaten her badly after discovering her writing poems. Poetry â€” especially love poetry â€” is forbidden to many of Afghanistanâ€™s women: it implies dishonor and free will. Both are unsavory for women in traditional Afghan culture. Soon after, Muska died.
An example of a landay:
When sisters sit together, they always praise their brothers.
When brothers sit together, they sell their sisters to others.