Audrey Pence, Oral History Project Takes on Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 5, December 2015, Pages 29-32 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/oral-history-project-takes-on-bride-kidnapping-in-kyrgyzstan/) Abstract: Ala kachuu directly translates to "to take and run away" in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, and is known to the world as the practice of bride kidnapping. It can occur both consensually, as a staged elopement, and non-consensually. In the non-consensual form, a woman is forcibly taken to a man's home where his family members will attempt to convince her to marry someone she may know or have been dating, or a complete stranger. Despite the strengthening of laws around this practice, it is still a prevalent issue. With this in mind, it is crucial to address the cultural perception surrounding the practice. One way this can be done is through a campaign of videos on television, and through seminars to address how the victims, perpetrators, and other members of society perceive the practice. Many active and passive participants in this practice believe that bride kidnapping is an ancient tradition, and that there are few places to turn if you are a victim. Neither of these views is … Topics: Community; Governance; History; Human Rights; Women