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Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

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In rural Kyrgyzstan men still marry their women the old-fashioned way: by abducting them off the street and forcing them to be their wife. Bride kidnapping is a supposedly ancient custom that's made a major comeback since the fall of Communism and now accounts for nearly half of all marriages in some parts. We traveled to the Kyrgyz countryside to follow/aid and abet a young groom named Kubanti as he surprised his teenage girlfriend Nazgul with the gift of marriage/kidnapping.

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Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan - YouTube
In rural Kyrgyzstan men still marry their women the old-fashioned way: by abducting them off the street and forcing them to be their wife. Bride kidnapping is a supposedly ancient custom that's made a major comeback since the fall of Communism and now accounts for nearly half of all marriages in some parts.

Bride kidnapping - Wikipedia
In Central Asia, bride kidnapping exists in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Karakalpakstan, an autonomous region of Uzbekistan. Though origin of the tradition in the region is disputed, the rate of nonconsensual bride kidnappings appears to be increasing in several countries throughout Central Asia as the political and economic climate changes.

Little Is Being Done To End Kyrgyzstan's Bride Kidnapping ...
Type the phrase “Kyrgyzstan bride kidnapping” into YouTube and you can witness the brutality of the practice in any number of videos online showing groups of young men grabbing women in broad daylight, packing them into cars and driving away.

Grab and Run: Kyrgyzstan's Bride Kidnappings - Newsweek
Grab and Run: Kyrgyzstan's Bride Kidnappings By Noriko Hayashi/Panos On 11/4/13 at 1:13 PM A photographer captures the heartbreak and violence of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan.

A Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan Ends in a Young Woman’s ...
Some Western media (for example, a cringe-worthy Vice documentary from 2011) tend to paradoxically both overstate and trivialize bride kidnapping, portraying it in an orientalist tone (akin to saying, “look at this weird Eastern practice”) while also making it sound like every married woman in Kyrgyzstan was kidnapped.

Bride Kidnapping In Kyrgyzstan - rferl.org
Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan: 11,800 girls kidnapped each year, 2,000 raped.

Bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan: crime and tradition overlap
Post-kidnapping Kyrgyz women: a quarter of all marriages in Kyrgyzstan are believed to involve bride kidnapping. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images Kyrgyzstan is an Islamic former Soviet republic of 5½ million people, 800,000-odd of them in Bishkek, the capital.

Bride Kidnapping: A Tradition Or A Crime?
Bride kidnapping is officially a criminal offence in Kyrgyzstan, where the criminal code stipulates a maximum three-year prison term for bride-kidnapping. In reality, however, few cases reach the courtroom, and those who are tried for bride-kidnapping usually walk away after paying a small fine.