BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN – Walking proudly down a catwalk, the lights and glamour appeared like a life time far from Elzat Kazakbaeva’s nightmare ordeal 5 years ago whenever she had been grabbed down a Kyrgyzstan road by a small grouping of men planning to marry her to an uninvited suitor.
Kazakbaeva is certainly one of tens of thousands of girl abducted and forced to marry every year into the previous Soviet republic in Central Asia where bride kidnappings carry on, especially in rural areas.
Bride kidnapping, that also happens in countries like Armenia, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan, had been outlawed in 2013 in Kyrgyzstan where authorities respected it may cause marital rape, domestic physical violence, and trauma that is psychological.
Many communities nevertheless view it as a tradition that is pre-soviet back again to tribal prestige, stated Russell Kleinbach, teacher emeritus of sociology at Philadelphia University and co-founder of women’s advocacy team Kyz Korgon Institute. Continue reading “Kyrgyzstan Ladies Fight to finish Bride Kidnapping”