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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 A parent whose legal rights to custody of a child have been revoked can be guilty of the crime for taking the child.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 another incident, a teenage girl was abducted by unknown persons.
In Okara, three women including a teenager were abducted in separate areas.
In the second incident, Meer Balaj Khan reported to Police that his 20-year-old sister was abducted by four persons including one woman.
Meanwhile, the elders and children of the 17 abducted persons appealed the President of Pakistan, the Prime minister and Chief of Army Staff to take notice of the issue and take steps to recovery and release the 17 abducted persons.
According to Police sources, in first incident a man identified as Shahzaib and his wife were abducted from Taxila chowk by Mohammad Fayyaz, Naik Mohammad, Qasim Khan along with over 15 companions.
Furthermore, for the second time in just a few weeks, the army invaded Kobar village, near Ramallah, and abducted Ibtisam al-'Abed , the mother Omar, who was taken prisoner on June 21 st , after stabbing three Israeli settlers to death in Halamish colony.
The rebels also abducted a relative of the couple, along with a barangay councilor and some tanods but released them later.
During the meeting, Iranian envoy said that liberation of Iranian abducted diplomats is a national demand.
External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin confirmed in a tweet that three Indians abducted recently had been released from captivity on Friday.
The sit-in is part of people's peaceful movement against Turkish interests in Lebanon, said Abbas Zugheib, the man tasked by the supreme Shiite council to follow up on the abducted file, in a press release.
In phone conversations held with his Turkish and Qatari counterparts Ahmet Davutoglu and Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani on Saturday, Salehi requested both countries to intervene immediately to secure the release of abducted Iranian pilgrims.
The voluntary repatriation of abducted children began in July following the state's inter-communal peace deal that was signed in May.