While the women, who have to pay 15,000 tenge () to be placed on the agency’s books ( for first-time registration), get no say as to who they pair up with, the men may pick and choose. According to the program outlined by the Astana company, dates are organized for the couples at venues like karaoke bars and bowling alleys, and once a pair is set, they attend a gala dinner.Women then have the option of going to China at the man’s expense from a week to three months so as to acclimatize to the conditions and culture, and to see if they will be able to settle down.
Our Tashkent-based correspondent reports on how this law is enforced, based on first-hand experiences of gay people to whom he spoke.
The business model is reminiscent of the kind of bride-hunting expeditions embarked upon by lonesome Western men in parts of the former Soviet bloc.
There is not much parity in the proposed arrangement.
All this has got some armchair patriots up in arms and sent them charging at their keyboards to vent their fury on social media.
Some more enterprising souls even organized a small picket in Astana.
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