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Kyrgyz bride commits suicide; family says she was abducted

Staff Report


BISHKEK – A family in Ak-Suu District, Issyk-Kul Oblast, is asking authorities to prosecute after its daughter, 20-year-old Yrys Kasymbai kyzy, June 11 committed suicide, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported June 15. Kasymbai kyzy allegedly was kidnapped and forced to marry an older man, KirTAG reported June 12, quoting the Kyrgyz ombudsman’s office.

Her accused abductor and husband, Shaimybek Imankulov, 36, of Sary-Kamysh village, denied kidnapping her, saying she married him voluntarily, according to RFE/RL. Mullah Azamat Alyshbayev, who performed their Islamic wedding, told RFE/RL she answered affirmatively when he asked whether she agreed to marry Imankulov.

Kasymbai kyzy married Imankulov June 8 and killed herself June 11, Kydaibergen Kendirbayev, chief of the Ak-Suu District police, told RFE/RL, adding police were investigating. Kyrgyzstan acknowledges a problem with bride kidnapping.

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