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Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

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Published on Jun 19, 2012

In rural Kyrgyzstan men still marry their women the old-fashioned way: by abducting them off the street and forcing them to be their wife. Bride kidnapping is a supposedly ancient custom that's made a major comeback since the fall of Communism and now accounts for nearly half of all marriages in some parts. We traveled to the Kyrgyz countryside to follow/aid and abet a young groom named Kubanti as he surprised his teenage girlfriend Nazgul with the gift of marriage/kidnapping.

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Comments • 22,150

Gayle G.
imagine being the popular beauty and everyone trying to kidnap you #neversafe
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DeJulius Caesar
You have more chances getting killed by a cow than being kidnapped though. This almost never happens
zeuperm
Gayle G. Pray that you're ugly.
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Jack Schmit
"It's not misogynistic, it's cultural."  If that's your culture, it belongs in the dirt for future generations to uncover and discover what assholes used to live in the area.
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MexicanTacos 07
Izzy Shim He was being sarcasric... How did you honestly not pick up on that lol?
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Underground Tech
And here I thought arranged marriages were bad.
Hana Jung
I think you guys are confusing arranged with forced. Arranged marriage needs consent from both the man and the woman
JVlogs YT
Underground Tech they are both awful in different ways
Auron Reborn
This is wrong. I want to see the girl beat the shit out of these idiots
Milo Sky
Auron Reborn 5 against 1 doesn't seem like she could if she wanted too sadly
Maxime Ansell
Is no one going to mention that he said "they got into the get-a-wife car" 😂😂
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joshua ozcan
Comedy level "WOW"
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옹냥
I don't understand that girl helping those boys to kidnap the other girl... She was supposed to be her friend ?!
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Yusof Sarangani
She was just giving the directions of her friend's whereabouts to a bunch of suspicious of men.
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Ivana Wijaya
after finished watching until the end of the video, i got the conclusion that the girl and boy know each other, they are lover before the wedding.. the kidnap is just their way to bring the bride to the groom's family.. it is not that the boy kidnap random girl from the street..
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Mohammed Al-Kooheji
They both say it in the video multiple times that they were dating before the kidnapping, the girl even says she was planning on getting married to him but she wanted it to happen in a year's time and not right then.
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Angie Millares
"All girls should be married" DUDE THAT IS SO FREAKING UNFAIR AND SO INDESDENT FOR THE GIRL!!! And telling her to calm down and that she'll be happy?!?! After the cruel thing you jerks did!!!! I hecka cringe all the thru this video and felt really bad and pitiful for the women getting involved in this against their own will!
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gogo akh
WOAH WOAH WOAH WOOOOOOOOOOOOAH! Let me get this straight for all MUSLIMS. A nikkah is a marriage CONTRACT between man and woman. My nikkah with my wife was consented on both sides. My wife had the OPTION to decline me and my dowry (marriage gift) if she wanted too. There was no compulsion or force on a nikkah. This is despicable culture. NOT RELIGION. Religious nikkah is in black and white. All the cultures of the world have made it into their own color.
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Abdullah ح.ع.ن Matar
gogo akh why you arr afraid of who has a disease in his heart think of muslims ?
Carla .McD
So basically the same as a prenuptial agreement here in the States?
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