Frontline: Kyrgyz Bridenapping

by Nathan Hamm on 5/25/2005 · 2 comments

My dad emailed to let me know that I missed a segment on last night’s Frontline on Kyrgyz bride kidnapping. Thanks to the internet, it can be found here.

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Ben May 25, 2005 at 1:25 pm

Thanks so much for this link. Some of my friends in Kyrgyzstan told me first-hand stories on kidnapping, too – and recently, a good friend of mine was kidnapped to a guy that tried to get her ‘consent’ for a very long time in advance. At least he didn’t just show up and kidnapped her. He actually asked before…

Nathan May 25, 2005 at 2:38 pm

I met a Kazakh girl who had been kidnapped twice and raped once. Her father refused to let her marry either time and ended up moving out of Karakalpakstan to get away from the practice. Sadly, he ended up arranging a marriage for her when she started getting too close to “too old for marriage” age. Because of her past, she ended up with a less than desirable husband.

I knew a few people who had friends in Karakalpakstan who used the practice to their advantage–forcing their parents to acquiesce to a marriage they might not otherwise allow.

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