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Shamed: The Honour Killing That Shocked Britain - by the Sister Who Fought for Justice [Kindle Edition]

Sarbjit Kaur Athwal
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In 1998, Sarbjit Athwal was called by her husband to attend a family meeting. It looked like just another family gathering. An attractive house in west London, a large dining room, two brothers, their mother, one wife. But the subject they were discussing was anything but ordinary. At the head of the group sat the elderly mother. She stared proudly around, smiling at her children, then raised her hand for silence. ‘It’s decided then,’ the old lady announced. ‘We have to get rid of her.’

‘Her’ was Surjit Athwal, Sarbjit’s sister-in-law. Within three weeks of that meeting, Surjit was dead: lured from London to India, drugged, strangled, and her body dumped in the Ravi River, never to be seen again.

After the killing, risking her own life, Sarbjit fought secretly for justice for nine long, scared years. Eventually, with immense bravery, she became the first person within a murderer’s family ever to go into open court in an honour killing trial as the Prosecution’s key witness, and the first to waive her anonymity in such a trial. As a result of her testimony, the trial led to the first successful prosecution of an honour killing without the body ever being found.

But her story doesn’t end there. Since the trial, her life has been threatened; her own husband arrested after an allegation of intimidation. Shamed is a story of fear and of horror – but also of immense courage, and a woman who risked everything to see that justice was done.

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"A horrific story of appalling murder and awesome courage." (Daily Mail)

"I felt moved by this book as the experiences resonate with many of the victims that we deal with every day. It also highlights how honour systems within family and community dynamics can paralyse someone into a place of great fear. It takes a great amount of courage to speak out. Sarbjit has been significant to enabling others to peer into the life of a family that put honour before a life. My hope is that this story will encourage many not to be silent but to come forward and speak out. As a campaigner in this field I give credit to this story that seeks to break the silences of many." (Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, Chief Executive of Karma Nirvana and bestselling author of SHAME and DAUGHTERS OF SHAME)

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The courageous and inspiring story of Sarbjit Kaur Athwal, who bravely fought for justice – risking her own life – after her sister-in-law, Surjit, was murdered in an honour killing by her husband's family.

Foreword by DCI Clive Driscoll.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shamed: the honour killing that shocked Britain 24 Jun. 2013
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I thought that was a really heart breaking story to read but how brave sarbjit was for all she did and for telling this story it just shows that no one knows what goes on behind closed doors. It's a great story really worth reading
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow !!!! 17 Aug. 2013
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Sarbit, your unfailing faith and beliefs through all the hellish years are truly a inspiration !!! May you enjoy the rest of your life, all those people who abuse and insult you at your temple,well, lets just say they are making a mockery out of the God they worship ,your book is one of best i have ever read ,it is always hard to understand different cultures obsession of religion , but you acted so bravely ,i wish you all the luck in the world !!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a brave woman! 22 Jun. 2013
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wow! what a story! this lady's mental strength and belief in right and wrong finally saw justice done for her sister-in-law. her life was awful, a dogsbody who was controlled 24/7. read this book and hope that other people with knowledge of honour killings come forward. all credit to clive driscoll and his team. there is "shame" in murder and no honour at all. i recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing 24 Jun. 2013
By kim
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Couldn't stop reading until I had finishedthe whole book. Well written, thought provoking and a recommended read, Well done Sarbjit and thank you for sharing your story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by a friend 27 Jun. 2013
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Excellent book, a true life story, but well written, gives a good insight into the horrors of Izzat, (Family honour) when taken to extremes!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those books I just couldn't put down 13 July 2013
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Although the content of the book is disturbing, it was so well written. The bravery this woman showed, even though it put her life in danger is incredible. It is disgusting to me that people still hide behind religion, honour and shame to justify murder. There is no justification for murder, no one has the right to take the life of another. Sarbjit you are an amazing woman and an inspiration to others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book. 27 July 2013
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I love books which give me an insight into other religions , how they live their daily lives. The mother in law in this book was hateful , but Sarbjit the author of the book was so brave. The book is about honour killings , as a mother of a beautiful Daughter I can not justify this in my mind. Yes I loved this book , I felt Sarbjits tension as the story progressed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 24 Aug. 2013
By Theresa
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Well written and enjoyable to read. I just had to get to the end to find out what happened as it kept me gripped. A story of fear, bravery, and strength of character. Order it and you will not be disappointed.
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