Court, do not steal women: Chechen leader tells his men

Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov urged young men to learn the art of courtship as the former rebel seeks to root out the ancient practice of bride-stealing in his volatile region.

Updated: Oct 23, 2010, 21:47 PM IST

Moscow: Chechen strongman leader Ramzan
Kadyrov on Saturday urged young men to learn the art of courtship as
the former rebel seeks to root out the ancient practice of
bride-stealing in his volatile region.

The 34-year old father of seven imparted tips on wooing
women on national television amid a region-wide campaign to
ban bride-kidnapping.

Stressing that women fall in love through their ears,
Kadyrov urged his men to wise up.

"If you explain beautifully, a woman does not look to see
whether you are handsome or not -- but listens more, so you
can win her heart," Kadyrov said in heavily accented Russian.

"It`s easy to win her heart. That is why I advise our
boys to read stories and watch movies more and to learn more
beautiful phrases to tell girls."

Kadyrov has one wife and seven children -- four girls
and three boys, according to his spokesman Alvi Karimov.

Like most regions in the North Caucasus, Chechnya is
predominantly Muslim and Kadyrov has sought to impose Islamic
values encouraging women to wear headscarves and men to take
multiple wives.

Federal authorities frown upon Muslim traditions like
polygamy, which are in conflict with Russian law, and
Kadyrov`s government has sought to discourage
bride-abduction, an ancient tradition that has proved
resilient in the modern-day Caucasus.

PTI