Kyrgyzstan: Call to End Bride Kidnapping

Women in Kyrgystan. [Open Line]

*All names of victims have been changed in order to protect their identities

In 2009, on her way home from university, Vulkan was abducted by a man who wanted her for his wife and imprisoned in his house. When she tried to escape, a female relative of the “groom” threatened that she would be cursed if she dared step over the threshold to leave. Vulkan now reluctantly lives with her abductor as his wife, having been forced to give up university and any thought of a job, and is determined never to allow any sons she may have to kidnap a bride.

UPR Submission on Sexual Rights in Tajikistan

Publication Date: 
March, 2011
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Equal Opportunities (Tajikistan), LGBT Organization Labrys (Kyrgyzstan) and The Sexual Rights Initiative submitted report on Sexual Rights in Tajikistan for the 12th Round of the Universal Periodic Review in October 2011.

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Kyrgyzstan: Bride Kidnapping Prevalent

Publication Date: 
November 22, 2010
The Epoch Times
Kyrgyz women who suffered kidnapping taking part in a round-table discussion on bride kidnapping in the eastern city of Naryn

One third of all Kyrgyzstan brides are considered to have been kidnapped by their future husbands. The custom of bride kidnapping, which began with rival clans stealing and forcing marriage on each others’ women, has grown into a large social problem in Kyrgyzstan over the past 50 years. Some young men in this Central Asian state take to heart the well-known Kyrgyz saying, “A good marriage starts with tears.” 

Hearing in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Held on Draft Legislation on Forced Marriage and Gender Equality

Hearing in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Held on Draft Legislation on Forced Marriage and Gender Equality
3/16/2009 10:40 AM