A young woman in Sumba plays a musical instrument, the junga. The Indonesian island is known for its charm and traditional culture, but one tradition, known as catch-a-bride, involving the abduction of young women for forced marriage, has led to a backlash recently. Photo: Shutterstock

Women abducted for marriage, and often raped, in Indonesia – it’s the custom, villagers say

  • A 21-year-old planned to study at university, but her dreams were crushed when five men on the island of Sumba carried her off, screaming, to marry a stranger
  • A week later a breastfeeding mother was snatched for forced marriage. Now the practice, a perversion of island custom, may end with the signing of an agreement
Topic |   Sex and relationships
A young woman in Sumba plays a musical instrument, the junga. The Indonesian island is known for its charm and traditional culture, but one tradition, known as catch-a-bride, involving the abduction of young women for forced marriage, has led to a backlash recently. Photo: Shutterstock
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