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Murder of Aizada Kanatbekova: Rally held at Interior Ministry building

Rally against violence against women is being held near the building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek. It was organized after the news of the murder of Aizada Kanatbekova. She was kidnapped on April 5 for forced marriage.

More than 100 people gathered at the intersection of Erkindik Boulevard and Frunze Street.

They are holding banners saying: «Crime must be punished»; «There is no way for ala kachuu»; «Power is executing femicide.»

The protesters demand from the Minister of Internal Affairs to come out to them for a dialogue, as well as to toughen punishment for kidnapping for the purpose of marriage.

There are also calls for resignation of the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Aizada Kanatbekova, 26, was abducted on April 5. Footage of the incident was posted on social media. Two days later, she and her abductor were found dead. This story shocked the Kyrgyzstanis. They are outraged that the Ministry of Internal Affairs did not draw any conclusions from the tragedy of Burulai.

The 19-year-old Burulai Turdalieva was killed at Zhayil District Department of Internal Affairs on May 27, 2018. Mars Bodoshev, who abducted the girl in order to force her into marriage, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Police officers, who allowed murder of the girl, are also defendants in the case.

The head of the Central Internal Affairs Department of Bishkek Bakyt Matmusaev asked the relatives and friends of the deceased Aizada Kanatbekova for forgiveness today at a press conference. According to him, the police did not stop searching for the girl for three days.

The case also caused concern in the Parliament. Deputy Aisuluu Mamashova said that people in Kyrgyzstan have ceased to live according to the norms of law and morality. She admitted that, being a deputy, she does not feel safe as a woman outside the Parliament.