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Monday, October 22, 2007

Malaysian Man Kidnaps Woman Who Turns Down Proposal

From NYTimes.com: A 60-year-old farmer was so determined to marry a 28-year-old estate worker in Malaysia he kidnapped her when she turned down his proposal, police said Monday.

The farmer forced the woman into his car while she was walking home from work in eastern Terengganu state, said K. Manoharan, deputy head of the state's criminal investigations department.

''The family had initially agreed (to the marriage), but she did not want to go ahead with it. That angered him,'' K. Manoharan told The Associated Press.

But a friend of the woman witnessed her abduction Thursday and told police, who contacted the man's family to persuade him to free her. Several hours later, the woman was released unharmed and the farmer surrendered to police, K. Manoharan said.

''He changed his mind when he knew police were looking for him,'' he said.

He said the man had been freed from police custody but was still under investigation. He declined to identify the reluctant couple. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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