Kyrgyzstan: Unholy Matrimony by Noriko Hayashi

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Newly weds Dinara and her husband Ahmad play in their room during the first week after their marriage.  Dinara was kidnapped by Ahmat who wanted to marry her. After resisting for 5 hours, she finally accepted. 'I didn't know Ahmad well and didn't want to stay there. But I accepted because this is our tradition' Dinara says. 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..