Dinarkul holds a photograph of her 19 year old daughter, Urus Kasymbay, who commited sucide after she was kidnapped and forced into marriage. Urus was a student studying journalism and had a boyfriend whom she wanted to marry. She was kidnapped by a 34 year old stranger but two days later her family freed her. However, the day after her return she hanged herself in the backyard of her home. Her mother says: 'My daughter was very cheerful and smart. I am against bride-kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan'. Although illegal, bride kidnapping is common in rural parts of Kyrgyzstan. Each year around 16, 000 women become married after being kidnapped. They are known as 'Ala Kachuu' that translates as 'to grab and run away'. Defenders of the continuation of the practice sight tradition. However, during Soviet Times it was rare, and parents generally arranged marriages..