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Student, 20, killed herself after learning fiancé ‘was already married and wanted her as polygamous second wife’

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A student killed herself after discovering the man she agreed to marry was already married and intended to have her as his polygamous second wife, according to reports.

Danara Kaipova, 20, was found hanged soon after finding out her groom-to-be apparently already had a spouse and two children.

Her devastated mum said her daughter had thought she’d found her true love.

Danara was allegedly ‘kidnapped’ from her college in Kazakhstan this summer by wealthy Birzhan Doshakaev, 29.

The act of ‘bride-stealing’ is a barbaric medieval tradition that continues in Kazakhstan and other areas of the former Soviet Union.

Despite being ‘stolen’, she reportedly told her friends and family she loved him and made clear she was happy to marry him after he took her to his home city, Atyrau, where she met his parents.

She agreed to sleep with him before their expected wedding – but at this stage she had no idea he was already married.

However, about four months later she discovered that he had a spouse and children, and intended her to be his polygamous second wife, it was reported.

She was “devastated” and “crushed” by the discovery.

Soon after, she was found hanged.

Her mother Inzhu Kaipova said: “My daughter kept telling me that he had great parents, and that she was happy. I believed her.”

She had found her “true love” she said.

But the distraught mother added: “Now we know that this man had a wife and two children.

“He did not say a word about it to our daughter.

“Danara killed herself when she found out about it.

“She hanged herself.”

She said Doshakaev’s family, who reportedly knew about his plans, “humiliated my girl” and that he lied by not telling her that he ‘had a wife and children’.

Danara, an A-grade student at her agricultural college, had also told her friends that she was happy after she was apparently kidnapped and taken 325 miles to his city.

She had invited them to her planned wedding.

While polygamy in Kazakhstan is technically illegal, it has become more popular in recent years with some politicians saying it is justified by the Quran.

Some wealthy men see having several wives as a status symbol, while some argue it offers impoverished young women a route out of penury.

First wives are called “Baibishe”, while younger second wives are named “tokal”.

Police have begun a criminal investigation into whether Danara was forced into suicide by the cruel behaviour of the man she loved.

Danara’s uncle Altai said: “I went to bring back the body of my niece from Atyrau region.

“I submitted a complaint to police.”

He said: “The relatives of this man said nothing at all.”

Doshakaev has not commented on her death on November 4

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