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Daughters of Shame Paperback – 8 Jan 2009
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Acclaim for SHAME: 'She tells her story with the pace and vivid turn of phrase of a true writer . . . SHAME is an inspiring book, not least because of its honesty.' (The Sunday Times)
'A vivid, honest and deeply moving narrative of despair, courage and hope.' (Lord Lester speaking in Parliamentary debate)
'Unbeaten and eloquent' (Evening Standard)
'Heart-wrenching' (Daily Mail)
'It will open your eyes to the horrors that are real for some women' (Sydney Daily Telegraph)
Genuinely moving and uplifting. (Lorraine Kelly, Sun)
One of the most powerful things I have read. (David Cameron)
The glossy cover doesn't prepare you for the impact this book has on its reader . . . It gives me hope that there are people like the author of this book who are willing to write their experiences with such passion and clarity. A must-read. (Asians in Media)
'A success story to inspire anyone . . . recounted deftly and without apology.' (Time Magazine)
Survivors tell their moving stories of forced marriage, from the bestselling author of SHAME.
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`Daughters of Shame' focuses on Jasvinder's journey to get the public sectors, government to become more knowledgeable on honour killings and forced marriages. while her organisation starts to develop we are introduced to some of the women whom she has helped and who have also taken an active part in bring honour killings and forced marriages into the spotlight. There is even a story on a man who married out of `honour' even though he didn't want to.
Some of the things the women went through can be quite gritty and one or two publicise honour killings are mentioned in the book. Despite this the girls have a lot of love for their families and it is evident that they are stuck between their own freedom, their love for their family and the family honour.
I feel that Jasvinder exposes an ugly truth but tackles it in an appropriate manner; it has widened my eyes to what is happening in the UK.
Overall it is a great read; I would recommend this book to anyone.
I am white British but have always had Asian friends from a young age. My best friend whilst growing up was born in Manchester but had Indian parents and was extremely westernised - tho her mum and dad were very traditional people (her mum couldn't speak any English) she on the other hand was more outgoing and modern in her dress and outlook than me.
When I was at college I had a glimpse into a more traditional Asian family and knew girls who were going to have arranged marriages but again the idea that there could be violence and such sadness within these marriages never really hit home. I, along with many others I suspect, was completely blinkered to what a lot of Asian girls go through both in terms of extreme family pressure to do household chores and of course more seriously the whole issue around forced marriage of young girls to often older men who are complete strangers (even if distantly related / from another country).
I would really advise as many women to read this as possible so that more people can get involved with helping charities such as Karma Nirvana carry on with the fantastic work they do. Let's all do our bit to help ladies!
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