Bride Kidnapping Essay

We’ve come a long way in history in terms of giving women the rights and freedom that were mainly almost exclusive to men. There was a time when women were not allowed to vote and were seen mainly and solely as the supporters and nourishers of their families at home. Even though there are still some characteristic inequalities between men and women in today’s society such as uneven pay, uneven job opportunities, and even some lingering ill feeling towards working women, the rights of women have changed exponentially to the point where we have a woman, Hillary Clinton, running for the Unite States presidency—great strides indeed for women in history. On the contrary, there are other countries in the world where women aren’t held to the same …show more content…
It includes a variety of actions ranging from elopement or staged abduction for consensual marriage to violent non-consensual kidnapping. ‘Kidnapping’ refers to the non-consensual variety, which typically involves a young man and his friends taking a young woman by deception or force to the home of his parents or a near relative” (Kleinback, Ablezova, Aitieva, 2005). There are many facets of bride kidnapping—the nonconsensual bride kidnapping is what is victimizing women and their families in Kyrgyzstan. To see if nonconsensual marriage actually existed and showed trends of increasing, researchers Russell Kleinbach, Mehrigiul Ablezova, and Medina Aitieva, conducted investigations and research in a small village in Kyrgyz that was large enough to provide a representative sample and small enough so that all women in the village could be surveyed (Kleinback, Ablezova, Aitieva, 2005). Other factors that determined why the north-eastern region village was chosen included strong ties between the researchers and the residents and the existence of current census data on the village—this provided the most accurate data for the research at hand. After research was conducted, data showed that, “the level of mutual consent in kidnappings in Kyrgyzstan is relatively low” in addition to this mutual consent data, is the date involving non-consensual marriages, “According to our respondents only 34 percent of kidnappings were conducted with the woman’s consent. Forty-six percent of the respondents said they were kidnapped through deception and 18 percent by physical force” (Kleinback, Ablezova, Aitieva, 2005). The research concluded that 66 percent of these marriges were non-consensual and showed an increase in the rate of non-consensual marriages—something that should cause great concern for the women in Kyrgyzstan

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