The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus The Daily Herald on Linked In HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions

Penalties rise for kidnapping brides

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY
Associated Press
Published:
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- The president of Kyrgyzstan has approved legislation toughening the penalty for the broadly practiced custom of bride-kidnapping.
President Almazbek Atamabyev's office said on its website Saturday that sentences for forcing women into marriage against their will could now range up to 10 years.
The offense was previously punishable by a maximum three-year prison term.
Although illegal, the practice of snatching potential brides, often under the age of 18, off the street is widely tolerated in the former Soviet Central Asian nation.
Proponents of bride-kidnapping argue that it is an integral part of nomadic Kyrgyz culture, but some academics argue that the practice has been adopted relatively recently in history.
One leading motivation is believed to be the desire to avoid the cost of onerous dowries.
Story tags » KidnappingAsia

More Nation & World Headlines

NEWSLETTER

HeraldNet Headlines

Top stories and breaking news updates

Calendar