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See The Country Where You Will Have To Kidnap The Woman You Want To Marry

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Sometime ago in the past, I was going through some videos in Facebook, and I happened to come across a video clip from Reuters; and so in that video they showed an ugly practice in a country where you will have to kidnap the woman you wish to marry and that country is none other than Kyrgyzstan.

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. And so I did my research and it turns it that that ugly practice is known as 'Ala Kachuu' which is a form of bride kidnapping that is still practiced in Kyrgyzstan till date. The term can apply to a variety of actions, ranging from a consensual elopement to a non-consensual kidnapping, and to what extent it actually happens is controversial.

According to Reuters, they stated that currently at least one-third of Kyrgyzstan's brides are taken against their will.

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Kyz ala kachuu means "to take a young woman and run away". The typical non-consensual variety involves the young man kidnapping a woman either by force or by guile, often accompanied by friends or male relatives. They take her to his family home where she is kept in a room until the man's female relatives convince her to put on the scarf of a married woman as a sign of acceptance.Sometimes, if the woman resists the persuasion and maintains her wish to return home, her relatives try to convince her to agree to the marriage.

View pictures in App save up to 80% data. This evil practice was stopped during the Soviet period, but, after the collapse of the Soviet, ala kachuu began to resurface. Some historical sources state that the practice was originally a form of elopement, not a bride theft. Some people even consider it an honour to be kidnapped because it demonstrates that the woman is worthy of being a wife.

Although bride-kidnapping is illegal in Kyrgyzstan, the government has been accused of not taking proper steps to protect women from this practice as thousands of women fall victim to this yearly.

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