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KYRGYZSTAN Justice Elusive for Kidnapped Brides

May 6, 2012

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By Azita Ranjbar* BISHKEK, May 4, 2012 (IPS/EurasiaNet) – Even though she was kidnapped, pressured into marrying a man from a nearby village, and then abandoned without means to sustain herself and the couple’s two young children, Totugul can’t rely on Kyrgyzstan’s courts for help. Totugul’s story is common in Kyrgyzstan, especially in rural areas. […]

PAKISTAN: Abducted and forced into a Muslim marriage

February 28, 2012

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Photo: Tariq Saeed/IRINHindus marking a ritual occasion feel increasingly threatened in Pakistan KARACHI, 27 February 2012 (IRIN) – Sixteen-year-old Ameena Ahmed*, now living in the town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan’s Punjab Province, does not always respond when her mother-in-law calls out to her. “Even after a year of `marriage’ I am not used […]

KYRGYZSTAN Efforts to Tackle Bride Kidnapping Hit Polygamy Snag

February 12, 2012

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By Chris Rickleton* BISHKEK, Feb 11, 2012 (IPS/EurasiaNet) – Legislation designed to discourage the controversial practice of bride kidnapping fizzled recently in Kyrgyzstan’s parliament. The bill lost support because a key provision could also be used to crack down on the ostensibly illegal, yet quietly tolerated practice of polygamy, according to a member of parliament. […]