The prosecutor’s office of the Karabudakhkent region of Dagestan referred to the court a criminal case against three men accused of kidnapping a bride – point “a” of part 2 of article 126 of the Criminal Code (kidnapping). About it reported on the website of the department.
According to investigators, in September three men kidnapped a woman who refused to marry one of them. They took her to a village in the neighboring area and locked her in the house of a relative of one of the abductors.
On the same day, the abducted woman was released by her relatives, after which she turned to law enforcement agencies with a statement that a crime had been committed against her. The court placed the accused in a pre-trial detention center. They face five to twelve years in prison.
Bride kidnapping is still common in the Caucasus, especially in Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia. In a large part of the cases, abductions take place without the consent of the girls. In some regions of the North Caucasus, Muslim clergy are fighting the practice of bride kidnapping without the consent of the parties. Thus, in Ingushetia, the muftiate imposed a fine of 200 thousand rubles for this. In Chechnya, religious leaders are prohibited from mediating conflicts over bride kidnapping.