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Jakarta Post

Authorities take steps against ‘capture and wed’ practice

  • Nina Loasana and Djemi Amnifu


Jakarta/Kupang   /   Thu, July 2 2020   /  01:00 am
Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Bintang Puspayoga (left) poses holds a flower bouquet with her predecessor Yohanna Yembise in 2019.(Courtesy of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry/-)

A viral video showing a woman being carried by force by a group of men in a practice known as kawin tangkap (capture and wed) has angered Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Bintang Puspayoga and prompted the East Nusa Tenggara administration to move toward putting an end to the practice. In the video, said to have been taken on Sumba Island, East Nusa Tenggara, a group of men can be seen carrying a distressed-looking woman to a black pickup truck in a public space. Another woman comes to hug the woman through the open window while trying to open the car door to get the kidnapped woman out. Dozens of people can be seen crowding the car, cheering and taking videos, while the kidnapped woman cries. The video later changes scene to what appears to be a house. A woman, seemingly the same one, is seen crying and screaming while being carried by several shirtless men...