ZARGHAR, Tajikistan — Arranged marriages of partners that have never ever met are normal in rural Tajikistan. Nevertheless the August 27 wedding of town schoolteacher Saidsho Asrorov’s to Marjona Hudoidodova is extremely uncommon.
Their wedding had been arranged within just one on orders of the country’s autocratic ruler week.
President Emomali Rahmon ended up being visiting Tajikistan’s southwestern Khatlon region on August 16 whenever Asrorov, a history that is 23-year-old, offered a speech praising “the first choice regarding the country and creator of peace in Tajikistan.”
Asrorov indicated appreciation to Rahmon for their part in “supporting training and also the upbringing of this young generation” and recited their own verses of Tajik poetry (see movie below) to honor Rahmon, an old Soviet apparatchik that has governed Tajikistan since 1992. Continue reading »