Kyrgyz woman was dragged into a car for forced marriage, murdered after an escape attempt

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This is the gruesome moment when a young woman on her way home from work was ambushed by three men and pushed into a car in Kyrgyzstan – hours before she was found murdered in a ‘bride abduction’ case.

Security camera footage shows Aizada Kanatbekova, 27, surrounded by the trio before grabbing her and shoving her into the back of a red Honda Civic in the capital Bishkek on Monday so she can be forcibly married.

A man can be seen pulling Karantbekova down the street, but as she fights his grip, another man runs up to her and lifts her off the ground before pushing her into the car.

Aizada Kanatbekova (far right) struggles with one man's grip before another runs towards her

The two men grab Kanatbekova while a man in a red cap waits to open the door

The two men grab Kanatbekova while a man in a red cap waits to open the door

Security camera footage shows Aizada Kanatbekova, 27, surrounded by the trio before grabbing her and shoving her into the back of a red Honda Civic in the capital Bishkek on Monday.

A man in a red cap opens the car door while Karanthbekova is pushed inside

A man in a red cap opens the car door while Karanthbekova is pushed inside

The two remaining men clamber into the vehicle

The two remaining men clamber into the vehicle

A man in a red cap can be seen waiting by the car and opens the door for Karanthbekova to enter (left). He then runs off to a nearby vehicle. The two remaining men clamber into the vehicle (right), the number plate of which is clearly visible, before driving away

Police said on Wednesday that the body of Aizada Karantbekova (right) was strangled in the back of the car outside the capital and that she had been kidnapped for marriage in a 'bride abduction' case.

Police said on Wednesday that the body of Aizada Karantbekova (right) was strangled in the back of the car outside the capital and that she had been kidnapped for marriage in a 'bride abduction' case.

Police said on Wednesday that the body of Aizada Karantbekova (right) was strangled in the back of the car outside the capital and that she had been kidnapped for marriage in a ‘bride abduction’ case.

A man in a red cap can be seen waiting by the car and opens the door for Karanthbekova to enter. He then runs off to a nearby vehicle.

The two remaining men clamber into the vehicle, the number plate of which is clearly visible, before driving off.

Police said on Wednesday that Karantbekova’s body was strangled in the back of the car outside the capital and that she had been kidnapped for marriage in a case of ‘bride abduction’.

Kanatbekova’s kidnapper and suspected murderer, believed to be a 36-year-old man, was also found dead, police said, adding that they believe he committed suicide.

One of the other kidnappers has been arrested by the police, state television reports today.

Kanatbekova’s kidnapping and death prompted about 500 people to demonstrate in the capital today to demand the dismissal of police chiefs.

Kanatbekova's kidnapping and death prompted about 500 people to demonstrate in the capital today to demand the dismissal of police chiefs

Kanatbekova's kidnapping and death prompted about 500 people to demonstrate in the capital today to demand the dismissal of police chiefs

Kanatbekova’s kidnapping and death prompted about 500 people to demonstrate in the capital today to demand the dismissal of police chiefs

The protesters called for the firing of the interior minister and the chief of the city police and held banners with slogans such as' Who will answer for the murder of Aizada? ',' End the femicide 'and' Who? still thinks murder is a tradition? '

The protesters called for the firing of the interior minister and the chief of the city police and held banners with slogans such as' Who will answer for the murder of Aizada? ',' End the femicide 'and' Who? still thinks murder is a tradition? '

The protesters called for the firing of the interior minister and the chief of the city police and held banners with slogans such as’ Who will answer for the murder of Aizada? ‘,’ End the femicide ‘and’ Who? still thinks murder is a tradition? ‘

The protesters held out photos of Kanatbekova shouting ‘Shame!’ for the Ministry of the Interior.

They are angry that the police failed to find Kanatbekova or her suspect in time after the kidnapping was caught on camera with the car model and license plates clearly visible.

The protesters called for the firing of the interior minister and the chief of the city police and held banners with slogans such as’ Who will answer for the murder of Aizada? ‘,’ End the femicide ‘and’ Who? still thinks murder is a tradition? ‘

Another protester held up a sign that read, “How many of us must die before the kidnapping ends?”

Known locally as Ala Kachuu, the abduction of the bride has roots in the Central Asian country’s nomadic past and continued into the Soviet era, albeit on a smaller scale.

In practice, a potential groom forcibly returns a young woman or girl to his home before pressuring her to consent to the marriage by writing a letter of consent.

The protesters held up photos of Kanatbekova chanting “Shame!” Called out. for the Ministry of the Interior

The meeting drew some 500 people and prompted Prime Minister Ulugbek Maripov to address the protesters

The meeting drew some 500 people and prompted Prime Minister Ulugbek Maripov to address the protesters

The meeting drew some 500 people and prompted Prime Minister Ulugbek Maripov to address the protesters

But the practice became chronic after the country gained independence in 1991.

It was banned in 2013, but convictions are extremely rare and survivors are reluctant to file complaints due to threats of violence and cultural stigma.

Journalist Mahinur Niyazova, who tweeted a call for a meeting outside of Interior Ministry headquarters, said the murder showed that police had different priorities rather than defending women from violence.

“It’s impossible to keep quiet and observe the violence our women, who have no rights, have to endure,” said Niyazova, deputy editor of the popular news website 24.kg.

The meeting drew some 500 people and prompted Prime Minister Ulugbek Maripov to address the protesters.

He asked them to ‘have patience’ and promised that everyone involved in the kidnapping would be punished, as several protesters yelled at him and also called for his resignation.

President Sadyr Japarov on Facebook described Kanatbekova’s death as “a tragedy and pain, not only for her family, but also for our entire state.”

He said the incident should be “the last bride abduction in history.”

The last time a bride who had kidnapped to death brought protesters to the streets of Kyrgyzstan was in 2018, when 20-year-old medical student Burulai Turdaaly Kyzy was murdered in a police station where officers held her with her kidnapper as she prepared for a to submit a statement. against him.

According to the UN Women’s Office in Bishkek, one in five marriages in the impoverished republic of 6.5 million are engaged in an incident involving a bride abduction.