ZARGHAR, Tajikistan — Arranged marriages of partners that have never met are typical in rural Tajikistan. Nevertheless the August 27 wedding of village 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 area on August 16 whenever Asrorov, a history that is 23-year-old, provided a speech praising “the best choice regarding the nation and creator of peace in Tajikistan.”
Asrorov indicated appreciation to Rahmon for their role in “supporting training and also the upbringing associated with young generation” and recited their own verses of Tajik poetry (see video below) to honor Rahmon, an old Soviet apparatchik who may have governed Tajikistan since 1992.
Duly impressed — and notwithstanding the kowtowing that regularly moves from their hold on tight energy — Rahmon asked Asrorov if he had been hitched.
Asrorov, that would struggle on their paltry teacher’s wage to cover a”bride that is traditional” into the moms and dads of a future partner, reacted which he had been solitary.
“I happened to be concerned and excited inside my message,” Asrorov told RFE/RL on 22 august. “The president asked me personally about my entire life and household. He asked if I happened to be hitched. We responded ‘no.’ Then he instructed the region leadership to select my marriage. As well as in only days, my wedding shall occur.”