Video: Bride Kidnapped and Forced Into Marriage

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Video: Bride Kidnapped and Forced Into Marriage
Fri 17-10-2014

Video footage of an abducted girl dragged screaming and crying into a forced wedding has shamed Kazakhstan.

The disturbing clip, filmed on a mobile phone and titled Stealing The Bride, shows the moment the teenage girl arrives at the home of her future husband in Kazakhstan's central Akmola region.

As wedding guests celebrate to traditional Kazakh music, the youngster sits in the back of a car crying and pleading to be taken home.

The video shows the screaming girl dragged from the car and along a special bridal carpet towards her suitor's house as guests in smart wedding dress throw confetti over her.

She makes one final effort at resistance at the door to the home, pushing back on the doorframe, before a crowd of men and women finally hustle her inside.

Once inside the car she is driven to the man’s home where one of his female relatives prepares a special neckerchief called an Oramal which the girl must accept to show her consent to marriage.

Often it takes days of being locked up before the girl accepts and even then there are complicated politics to be dealt with when her family found out where she is.

The practice is an ancient custom in the region and there are various formalities to go through. In some circumstances the abduction can even be consensual.