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Deputies suggest toughening punishment for bride kidnapping

The deputy of the Parliament, Ainuru Altybaeva, proposes to toughen criminal liability for the abduction of a woman with the purpose of forcing her to marry. She submitted the corresponding amendments to the Criminal Code for public discussion.

The background statement notes that the introduction of changes is caused by the increase in crimes related to the abduction of women, including the minors, committed to force them to marry.

«According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, from 2013 to 2018, at least 204 criminal cases were initiated in this category of crimes,» the document says.

The deputy proposes to tighten sanctions for committing these crimes: to increase the prison term from 8 to 12 years for forcing a person under 17 to enter into marital relations. In the current version, this crime is punished by imprisonment from 5 to 10 years.

For the abduction of a woman for marriage without her consent, there is an imprisonment from 5 to 7 years, the draft law proposes to extend the term to 7-10 years.

Earlier, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has submitted for public discussion a bill also providing for toughening of the punishment for bride kidnapping. In particular, it increases the amount of fines for forcing a woman to marry or interfering with her intention to marry. Under the current legislation, a fine of 10,000 to 20,000 soms is provided for this crime. The ministry proposes to raise it up to 100,000-200,000 soms.