KYRGYZSTAN – Kyrgyz ‘Bride Kidnapping’ Turns Deadly
June 01, 2018 15:30 GMT. Republished on June 4, 2018 with Courtesy: RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service
The relatives of a young Kyrgyz woman say she was murdered by a man who twice abducted her and tried to force her marry him.
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It will hardly surprise anyone that bride-snatching is illegal in Kyrgyzstan, but when you look at sentencing, the reality paints a far different picture. A sheep’s life is worth four times more than a young woman’s. The custom — in which single young men kidnap their bride of choice and pressure them to agree to marriage — is very common in this country. But as RT’s team has found out, this centuries-old tradition surprisingly has its passionate proponents as well as harsh critics.
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