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Mock Bride-Kidnapping in Kyrgyz Capital

Despite the recent introduction of harsher penalties for bride kidnapping and the efforts of civil society to tackle the practice, the centuries-old tradition is still widely practiced in Kyrgyzstan. Blogger Ilya Karimjanov writes [ru] about a recent mock abduction of a young girl in the center of Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek:

[D]espite the [girl's] cries for help and the clearly illegal and rude behavior of [the purported abductors], not a single person rushed to help [the girl] or called the police… Several young men watched the incident with interest. Some men discussed: “What is it? [Bride kidnapping]? It means there will be a wedding!”

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