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The Butterfly's Cage - One woman's fight against family tyranny and marital abuse

The Butterfly's Cage - One woman's fight against family tyranny and marital abuse [Kindle Edition]

Shahnaz Khari , Chris Newton
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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'The Butterfly’s Cage', is the heart wrenching, inspiring true story of a young Pakistani woman’s flight to freedom. Suffering abuse, tyranny and disownment as a result of refusing to submit to the abuse received by not one but two violent husbands, Shahnaz opens the door to a hidden world, illustrating how cultural values can allow human rights violations to prosper and the cost of reputation is integrity, respect and love.

For Shahnaz, one nightmare followed another. At 18 she was forced into an arranged marriage with a man whom she quickly discovered to be a violent and abusive drug addict who stole her money and jewellery to buy drugs. No sooner had she begun to recover from that ordeal than her parents made her marry a teenage boy who turned out to be controlling, sadistic and equally violent.

There followed a traumatic pregnancy and stillbirth, violence and abuse from her family and months of imprisonment in her own bedroom before she won her freedom by smuggling a message to the police in her daughter’s schoolbag. Persuaded back home and then tricked into going to Pakistan with her family, where she endured yet another arranged marriage, she managed to escape from the house while everyone was at prayer and fly back to London.

Her family persuaded her to make a brief return to Pakistan by saying her mother was seriously ill, but when she arrived she was beaten up, threatened with shooting and drowning, stripped of her possessions and imprisoned once again, all because she had asked for the freedom to make decisions for herself and her daughter about their lives.

Eventually Shahnaz managed to return to the UK with her third husband, build a new life with him and her daughter and study for a career. She is now a social worker specialising in child care.

Now Shahnaz (she has used a pen-name to avoid embarrassment for her family) has written her extraordinary, compelling story of survival.

About the Author

Shahnaz Khari is the youngest daughter of a wealthy Pakistani family with homes in two continents. At 12 she was made to give up school to look after her younger brothers. There followed two arranged marriages, first to a violent drug addict, then to a vicious, controlling sadist. When Shahnaz refused to accept the abuse, she was plunged into violent conflict with her family, who condemned her for bringing disrespect on their name by trying to win her independence. They repeatedly assaulted and humiliated her to make her toe the line. After she left her second husband to get away from the beatings, they imprisoned her in her own bedroom. When they later tricked her into joining them in Pakistan she was beaten, stripped of all her possessions, threatened with shooting and drowning and put under house arrest. It was only through her intelligence and extraordinary courage that Shahnaz was eventually able to win her freedom and her family's respect and start building an independent life in England with her daughter and third husband.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 161 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Memoirs Books (11 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055KUK8W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cage 24 Nov 2013
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It shows how some people behave. It makes me angry to think that people come in the country and yet want to live as though they were in theirs. Here there is freedom to do what you want and marry who you want.I come from abroad and now consider myself British
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read 30 Jun 2014
By sharon
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really good book read it all in one go. Bit disappointing there was only 8 chapters worth a read tho I could not put it down
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 27 Jun 2014
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Can't understand this culture why these horrible men who are just bullies think they have a right to dictate women's lives and abuse them I would have them charged with assault and put them on a plane back to where they came from all this stupid respect rubbish who do they think they are such fanatics they need to live in the real world this abuse is bit acceptable in out culture don't they know if you live in Rome you do as the Romans do if not take a hike and get out we don't need inhumane idiots in our country we notice the so called men dont punch each other a sure sign of a controlled coward pure control freaks lock them up and throw the keys away please.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The butterfly s cage 17 Jan 2014
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Didn't like the way the book was written. A lot of information crammed into the one book in a few small chap
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor 25 Dec 2013
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Poor standard of writing. I persevered in the hope that it would gradually get better but this did not happen. Very sudden ending too, although I can say that a positive for this book is that it is short and so doesn't waste too many hours of one's life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars novel of arranged marraiges 18 Oct 2013
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makes you appreciate how lucky we are to chose our future. To have arranged maraiges and to be thought so little of by your own family. To have no one to turn to and no one to help you that in the end you have to do as your family says. This was her story and i think she is so brave to just accept her lot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fustrating ending. 19 Sep 2013
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Th story is one of love and courage. Not fantastically written but the story was one that has stayed with me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a terrible way to treat a human being! 15 Sep 2013
By Jenny
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This shows how little respect many Moslem families have for their women and girls. Very readable and tragic. I hope Shahnaz is now happy, she deserves to be after all she went through.
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