Ala Kachuu is No Cool! Fighting Bride Abduction in Kyrgyzstan



'Ala kachuu' is Kyrgyz and can be translated with 'Grab her and run away'. It sounds like an entertaining popular sport. But actually it is a widespread practice of kidnapping women and forcing them to marry. The ifa-Alumna Svetlana Dzardanova, based in Kyrgyzstan, has been concerned with the phenomenon of bride abduction for many years. Through the support of ifa she could become active. With her project 'Ala kachuu is no cool!' she makes an important contribution to the inform about and combat against the alleged custom.

 

In front is the city Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan with mountains in the background.
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Photo: picture alliance / AA / Nezir Aliyev

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