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Late last year the 32-year-old woman was seized by security forces in the heart of Damascus and held for several weeks after trying to deliver supplies to civilians trapped in rebel-held areas of the Syrian capital.Syria's 3-year-old conflict intrudes in all walks of life. The young woman and her mother, fearing that news of her arrest might put those suitors off, do not know how to break the news to a future husband. It's the right thing to do," says the woman, who asked to be identified only as Mai, to protect her identity.Her mother agrees, but fears that the stigma of detention might affect her daughter's prospects. New York-based Human Rights Watch said it interviewed 10 Syrian women last year who had been detained – eight of them said they were abused or tortured while they were held.Intelligent and attractive, Batoul hails from a middle class family that would normally have carefully vetted all marriage prospects.A few suitors passed muster, only to end up offering Batoul "an insultingly low" dowry.As for Mai, she is gearing up to reveal her secret to her suitor.
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