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Kyrgyzstan: Bride-Training TV Show Divides Audiences

A reality TV show in Kyrgyzstan, Kelin, which roughly translates into English as bride, is raising hackles for what detractors assert is its demeaning depiction of women and their role in society. In the Kyrgyz variation of this well-worn format, it is not a prospective groom, but a stern mother-in-law, or kainenye, who the contestants must impress. The challenges include cow-milking, gardening, cooking and cleaning. (Photo: Screenshot from Kelin on KTRK)

A reality TV show on a state broadcaster in Kyrgyzstan is raising hackles for what detractors assert is its demeaning depiction of women and their role in society.
 
Kelin, which roughly translates into English as bride, is a Kyrgyz spin on a well-worn format in the West, wherein a group of contestants must compete for the attention of a putative suitor. One such show in the United States, The Bachelor, would start out with a couple dozen young women undergoing a series of sometimes embarrassing tests to beat out their rivals.
 
In the Kyrgyz variation, it is not a prospective groom, but a stern mother-in-law, or kainenye, who the contestants must impress. The challenges include cow-milking, gardening, cooking and cleaning.
 

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The original commentary was posted by kloop.kg in Russian on February 6.

Kyrgyzstan: Bride-Training TV Show Divides Audiences

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