Speaking of Abducted Brides
Kitty has the story
of the woman from Georgia who it turns out was not abducted. The New York Times has a story on bride abducting in Kyrgyzstan
The story is certainly disturbing, but the Times is like an anthropologist; studying and not making judgments.Recent surveys suggest that the rate of abductions has steadily grown in the last 50 years and that at least a third of Kyrgyzstan's brides are now taken against their will.
There are three pictures accompanying the story. Two with very happy-appearing women who were abducted by their husbands, and a third with a woman named Ainur Tairova. But it turns out that although she is photographed alone, she is happily married to the man who abducted her:"I was angry and I felt betrayed," Ms. Tairova said, adding that she had cried the whole day.
But as with many Kyrgyz women, she eventually accepted her fate. She since has reconciled with her in-laws and says she is happy with her husband now.
"He says he had to kidnap me because he heard someone else was trying to kidnap me first," she said. "He's a good man."
And get this little bit of ethnic wisdom:Brutal as the custom is, it is widely perceived as practical. "Every good marriage begins in tears," a Kyrgyz saying goes.
I have a hunch there's gonna be a whole lot of stomping going on over this article.