A man who fancies a particular girl as his wife will, with the help of his friends, kidnap the girl. Sometimes they will rape her. Faced with the shame her culture places on spending even a few hours with a strange man, she will be coerced into marrying her captor.
This being a religiously-themed blog, I have to mention the awful complicity Islamic mullahs have in this whole process. Not only do they conduct the weddings of kidnapped brides, but they claim to exorcise spirits from these poor women when they have nervous breakdowns.
This is what medieval, misogynistic, superstitious nonsense can do.
And so we have yet another reminder of the awful things that happen in today’s world, and how religion will sometimes aid and abet these travesties instead of taking a stand against them.
The Chechen government has outlawed bride kidnapping, but so far this has had little practical effect.