Kyrgyzstan: Unholy Matrimony by Noriko Hayashi

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26 year old Tyhchtybek and an elderly female relative talk to 20 year old Farida at his home. He is trying to convince her to marry him after he abducted her from the street in Naryn. He says: 'I promise you that you will be happy in the future so please marry me' to which she replies: 'How come you kidnapped me. You know that I have a boyfriend. Even if I married you, there would be no love in our married life.' 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...