Bride Kidnapping In Kyrgyzstan

Dec 11 2011 @ 2:32pm

Vice explores it (video after the jump because it auto-plays):

The video's caption:

In the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan, tradition is king. Polo's still played with a freshly killed goat and the men still marry their women the old-fashioned way: by abducting them off the street and forcing them to be their wife. Bride kidnapping is a supposedly ancient custom that's made a major comeback since the fall of Communism and now accounts for nearly half of all marriages in some parts of the country.

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