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The southern Russian republic of Chechnya has introduced a fine of 1 million rubles ($33,400) for bride kidnapping, the press service of the Chechen government said.
Bride abductions are condemned by the Quran and illegal under Russian law, but some reports say the practice has increased significantly in recent years.
According to a BBC documentary filmed in Chechnya this summer, as many as one in five Chechen marriages begins with a woman being snatched off the street. The women are forced to marry their kidnappers to preserve the family honor and avoid triggering a blood feud.
“From now on both the perpetrator of the crime and the religious figure that pressurized the father of the seized girl to agree to her marriage with the thief will bear responsibility for kidnapping a bride. Thus the former is obliged to pay 1 million rubles to parents of the girl he kidnapped,” Chechnya's mufti Sultan Mirzayev said.
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov declared on October 1 that the custom of kidnapping brides should be eradicated as un-Islamic, calling on police to take steps to prevent such acts.
“This practice must be dropped from our society. Any man who tries to force a girl into marriage by such means should think about how he would act if something similar happened to a girl from his family,” he said.
MOSCOW, October 6 (RIA Novosti)
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- firstname.lastname@example.orgVery interesting problem - here is a solution21:52, 06/10/2010I understand why brides are being kidnapped in order to stop blood feuds.
However being from North America I just cannot imagine why any man would want to force a girl to marry him.
To stop this practice immediately simply introduce North American divorce lawyers to assist the kidnapped bride after marriage to get a divorce.
After the husband has paid $70,000 to $100,000 in divorce attorney fees and lost 50% or more of his families wealth to the kidnapped bride the practice of kidnapping women against their will should end immediately.
Men are quickly finding out in North America that marrying a woman (any woman) is just not worth the legal headaches later on in life due to divorce.
Why on earth anyone would want to kidnap a woman and force her to marry him is beyond all common sense because of the financial danger. (From a Western perspective)
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