ZARGHAR, Tajikistan — Arranged marriages of couples that have never ever met are normal in rural Tajikistan. However the August 27 wedding of town schoolteacher Saidsho Asrorov’s to Marjona Hudoidodova is extremely uncommon.
Their wedding ended up being arranged in under one week on purchases of this nation’s autocratic ruler.
President Emomali Rahmon had been visiting Tajikistan’s southwestern Khatlon area on August 16 whenever Asrorov, a 23-year-old history instructor, provided a speech praising “the first choice regarding the country and creator of comfort in Tajikistan.”
Asrorov indicated appreciation to Rahmon for their part in “supporting training as well as the upbringing associated with young generation” and recited their own verses of Tajik poetry (see movie below) to honor Rahmon, an old Soviet apparatchik who has got governed Tajikistan since 1992.
Duly impressed — and notwithstanding the kowtowing that regularly moves from their hang on energy — Rahmon asked Asrorov if he had been hitched.
Asrorov, that would struggle on their paltry teacher’s wage to cover a old-fashioned “bride price” to your moms and dads of the next spouse, reacted which he had been solitary.
“I happened to be concerned and excited within my message,” Asrorov told RFE/RL on 22 august. “The president asked me personally about my entire life and household. He asked if I became hitched. We responded ‘no.’ he then instructed the region leadership to pick my wedding. Plus in only days, my wedding shall happen.”
Rahmon additionally ordered region officials to cover the expense for the wedding.
That tripped a instant search by the region federal government, which formed a committee of matchmakers led by Dilafruz Mahmadalieva, the deputy chairwoman associated with the Bohtar District’s Department of Ideology.
When the matchmaking committee asked Asrorov he said he would like to marry Marjona Hudoidodova — a recent medical-school graduate and daughter of a physical-education teacher in Zarghar if he had a candidate for his spouse. Read more “Tajik President’s Purchase: ‘Discover This Man A Wife’”