Kyrgyzstan: Unholy Matrimony by Noriko Hayashi

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18 year old Aitilek and her husband, Baktiyaf, who she was kidnapped by the day after they met in Bishkek. Although illegal, bride kidnapping is common in rural parts of 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.