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Kyrgyzstan: Up To 8,000 Girls Bridenapped Annually – Official

Over the past year, human rights activists in Kyrgyzstan have directed increasing attention at bride kidnapping. Though illegal, and notoriously difficult to quantify, the practice is thought to be widespread, especially in rural areas.

Ombudsman Tursunbek Akun, who says legislators are little interested in the issue, announced today that up to 8,000 Kyrgyz girls are kidnapped and forced into marriage annually.

Few statistics on bride kidnapping are available, and it’s unclear how Akun did his research, but one study last year found that 45 percent of women married in the eastern town of Karakol in 2010 and 2011 had been non-consensually kidnapped.

As Azita Ranjbar reported last week, many of the girls are pressured into marriage and have little recourse to justice.

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Kyrgyzstan: Up To 8,000 Girls Bridenapped Annually – Official

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