Data journalists analyzed the data from the Supreme Court on forced marriage and released a story on the shortcomings of an article in the Criminal Code on punishment for kidnapping for marriage. After analyzing 43 open court cases, data journalists found out that only nine had resulted in punishment. This is due to the fact that abducted women didn’t present official claims to launch a criminal case against their kidnappers and the judgment process was periodically halted.
This data publication about bride abduction in Kyrgyzstan received an award by UNFPA office in Kyrgyzstan and the Ministry of Healthcare within the national contest on reporting issues on reproductive health, family planning and gender violence.
Court verdicts were scraped through coding on Python, but data analysis operated using Google Spreadsheet
What was the hardest part of this project?
This theme about kidnapping-forced marriage is taboo in Kyrgyzstani society, most of woman victims scared to address their issue to Police, that why we journalists paid attention on this social issue to drive social discussion to punish perps.
What can others learn from this project?
This data story is showing results on working with the texts in the Court Verdicts and demonstrating how to do track every verdict journey in a court system.