Brides by Force

“It will hardly surprise anyone that bride-snatching is illegal in Kyrgyzstan, but when you look at sentencing, the reality paints a far different picture.  A sheep’s life is worth four times more than a young woman’s.  The custom — in which single young men kidnap their bride of choice and pressure them to agree to marriage — is very common in this country.  But as RT’s team has found out, this centuries-old tradition surprisingly has its passionate proponents, as well as harsh critics.”

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