The United Nations has been aware of “bridenapping” stories like the one mentioned in the following article – not to mention ones with much more tragic endings – for decades, but admits that little has been done to tackle it.
Aminata Touré, chief of the Gender, Human Rights and Culture branch of the UN Population Fund, said: “What we really need is more research to come up with the level of the problem. For something to be registered as a crime, it has to be reported; that’s the problem, because it’s often seen as a cultural practice and not a crime. When it’s not perceived as a crime, it becomes even harder for this practice to be registered as one.
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