Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

A top human rights advocate hopes that new efforts will end Kyrgyzstan’s widespread and violent practice of “ala-kachuu” or bride kidnapping.

Through education initiatives and better law enforcement, “I believe the practice can be significantly reduced very quickly,” Russell Kleinbach, a professor emeritus in sociology from Philadelphia University, told CNA.

Around one-third of Kyrgyz women today, some as young as 13 years old, are abducted and forced into marriage.

Read more about Kyrgyzstan’s bride kidnapping problem from Catholic News Agency. Read about the stories Kathleen Merkel of CRS heard while traveling to the region.

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