What would you do? Thousands of women are abducted and forced to marry each year in the former Soviet republic in Central Asia, where the practice was outlawed in but is still seen as a cultural tradition by many, according to human rights groups. The practice affects about one in five women in the country of six million, many of them underage, a study found, but few report it to the police. Between and a total of cases were reported across the country, although the number rose to in the first six months of , according to U. It mixes lighthearted and informative moments. While designed for girls, the app has been downloaded by more than 6, people since Monday, including by some men.
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Women in Kyrgyzstan traditionally had assigned roles , although only the religious elite sequestered women as was done in other Muslim societies. Bride kidnapping, known as ala kachuu to take and flee , girls as young as 12 years old are kidnapped for forced marriage, by being captured and carried away by groups of men or even relatives who, through violence or deception, take the girl to the abductor's family who forces and coerces the young woman to accept the illegal marriage. In most cases, the young woman is raped immediately in the name of marriage. Although the practice is illegal in Kyrgyzstan, bride kidnappers are rarely prosecuted. This reluctance to enforce the code is in part caused by the corrupt legal system in Kyrgyzstan where many villages are de facto ruled by councils of elders and aqsaqal courts following customary law , away from the eyes of the state legal system. Kyrgyzstan is a country in Central Asia, with strong nomadic traditions.