Abstract of Presentation: Bride kidnapping: a tradition or a crime?
Bride kidnapping is among important social problems in modern Kyrgyzstan. The situation when a man kidnaps a woman for marriage is widespread, although officially it is treated as criminal offence according to the article 155 of Criminal Code of Kyrgyz Republic.
Studies by researcher Russell Kleinbach have found that approximately half of all Kyrgyz marriages include bride kidnapping; of those kidnappings, two thirds are non-consensual.
According to Gazzbubu Babayarova, founder of Kyz Korgon Institute, NGO campaigning for elimination of bride-kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan, between 68 and 75 percent of marriages in Kyrgyzstan take place with bride kidnapping. About fifty percent of such kind of marriages ends in divorce within the first year.
By many people in Kyrgyzstan bride kidnapping is estimated as a tradition. That’s why it is not easy to eliminate the problem today.
In one of the chapters of my research about customary law in family relations of Kyrgyz people I demonstrate that the tradition of bride kidnapping (“ala kachuu”) and modern practice are absolutely different.
And within my presentation named “Bride kidnapping: a tradition or a crime?” I am to explain the nature and the gist of the tradition of bride kidnapping and to demonstrate the difference between the tradition which existed in Kyrgyz history and absolutely unacceptable conduct, crime in reality, widespread in modern Kyrgyzstan.