Bride kidnapping or marriage by capture, is an ancient tradition across the North Caucasus and existed before Chechnya's adoption of Islam 250 years ago. It has made a major comeback since the fall of Communism.
Violent bride abductitons are staged nearly every week - young women are snatched from the streets on their way home. A woman is taken by the potential grooms family and held captive until the brides family agrees with a marriage and the wedding can take place. This is a wedding book for a stolen bride.