Abduction of a bride in Kabardino-Balkaria. Screenshot from video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjHHQ0UH2VW/?taken-by=tut_nalchik_

25 May 2018, 17:33

Video of girl's abduction in KBR triggers controversy in social network

An abduction of a bride committed in the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic (KBR) has provoked debates in the network on religion and customs. Users' opinions diverged: some supported the guy, others sharply condemned the abduction.

The author of the video films a young man waiting at the gate. "Now the bride will come out," the voice-over is commenting. After a while, a girl comes out to the young man. While they are talking, one of the abductors runs up to the girl from behind and, throwing burka on her, grabs her, forces into the car and places her onto the back seat.

The video appeared in the Instagram social network on May 23. Users are actively discussing the abduction, touching on religious aspects and customs. Their opinions have split.

"This tradition is several hundred years old; and we have no right to condemn it," the user ko4esokova938 believes.

"It's a custom, and most often they abduct the girl who agrees to marry him; and she is free to go away, if she doesn't agree," the user vrachcosmetolog_rita has written.

However, some users have sharply condemned this act.

"How many women became unhappy because of this custom! Earlier, they abducted without asking her consent; it didn't matter; it can look beautiful now," wrote the user skorpion_24_@vrachcosmetolog_rita.

"Allah forbade such actions in Islam, those who support haram, at least by a word, will respond to the Most High on the Judgment Day!" states the user muhammad_abitov_07. Abduction is haram, dancing is haram, and alcohol is haram..."

"It's a mistake to treat bride abduction as a custom! In the old days, they could kill for such a thing! It was considered a disgrace! The guy was abducting because either he was from a lower social class, and they would not give the girl to him, or he couldn't pay the ransom. In all the case, the young people were not happy," said the user aneta_dzamix.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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