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in law, the taking away of a person by force, threat, or deceit, with intent to cause him to be detained against his will. Kidnapping may be done for ransomransom,
price of redemption demanded by the captor of a person, vessel, or city. In ancient times cities frequently paid ransom to prevent their plundering by captors. The custom of ransoming was formerly sanctioned by law.
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 or for political or other purposes. A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child. Consent of a kidnapped person is a defense, unless given by one legally incompetent at the time (e.g., a minor or a mentally ill person). The crime differs from abduction, in that the intent of sexual intercourse is not required, and from false imprisonment, in which there is no attempt to abduct.

Under common law kidnapping was only a misdemeanormisdemeanor,
in law, a minor crime, in contrast to a felony. At common law a misdemeanor was a crime other than treason or a felony. Although it might be a grave offense, it did not affect the feudal bond or take away the offender's property. By the 19th cent.
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, but in most states of the United States it is now punishable by death or life imprisonment if there are no extenuating circumstances. The kidnapping and murder of the son of Charles A. LindberghLindbergh, Charles Augustus,
1902–74, American aviator who made the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight, b. Detroit; son of Charles A. Lindbergh (1859–1924). He left the Univ. of Wisconsin (1922) to study flying.
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 in 1932 led to a federal statute prescribing severe penalties for transporting the victims of kidnapping across state or national boundaries. The practice of kidnapping, in the wider and not strictly legal sense, has been known since the beginnings of history. It was common as a method for procuring slaves, and it has also been employed by brigands and revolutionaries to obtain money through ransom or to hold hostages whose safe release was dependent on the freeing of political prisoners.


The main theme in abduction dreams is fear. The dreamer may be afraid of losing a very important part of himself or of losing his safest and most familiar surroundings. Also, the dreamer may be afraid of leaving his home, childhood, familiar support group, or long-standing ideas. These types of dreams may be most prevalent during times of psychological or physical transition and during stressful times of life when the future is somewhat uncertain. Consider the details of your dream and try to isolate and identify the fear that created the dream.
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In a clash with the kidnappers on March 7, Rosales was killed in the crossfire.
Beltran said the bodies of Rosales and one of the kidnappers were recovered at the scene.
According to an official that following on the spy information a special police party headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police Khanpur Nazeer Lashari was going to rescue three kidnapped persons named Abdul Wahab, Abdul Ghaffor and Muhammad Rafique, when the party reached near village Dil Murad Badani Jatoi suddenly armed assailants opened fire on police party when they saw police party was coming towards them, in retaliation police managed to release three kidnapped persons and succeeded in arresting two kidnappers, whose names kept in secret, and recovered weapons from their possession.
My husband's kidnappers were wearing masks on their faces and four to five of them were dressed in civil attire," Shakila claimed in her application to the local police.
The kidnappers demanded Rs 5 million as ransom for release of the child.
He said during investigation the boy's father Ishfaq Ahmed told the police that he received phone calls from the kidnappers who demanded Rs3 million ransom for releasing his son.
A 5-year-old Usama, son of Abdullah, resident of Johar Town Lahore had abducted from Lahore on December 28, 2017 and the kidnappers demanded ransom for release of the abductee.
Two kidnappers who were later identified as Zaheer Mirza and Zaki tried to run away and also opened straight fire [at the raiding party].
According to sources, the kidnappers had demanded Rs150 million from the boy's father.
The joint team of Rangers, Police CPLC/AVCC and Rangers Special Task Centre (RSTC) started investigating the case after receiving a call from the kidnappers.
Relatives say the kidnappers are contacting Ali's cousin in Malaysia daily with new demands.
The victim, who was held in captivity for about a month in a village in Bihar, was released by the kidnappers reportedly after paying Rs250 million (Dh14.