As least now they can plan it freely, while eating a BigMac at a local McDonald's

The tradition of bride kidnapping, ala kachuu in Kyrgyz, was made illegal in Kyrgyzstan when the Soviet Union made efforts to transform marriage practices that limited women's freedom of choice, including child betrothals and arranged and kidnapped marriages.

Moscow frowned on the practice and did its best to stamp it out, but it has re-emerged since Kyrgyzstan became independent in 1991. The tradition is entirely illegal and is a somewhat distorted version of the old custom since it frequently involves coercion and rape.The frequency of kidnappings appears to have risen after independence and continues to be on the rise as an element of the reclamation of Kyrgyz identity after Soviet rule. There is little evidence that violations of the law against kidnapping are punished.

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