Karma Nirvana was founded in by the survivor, activist and author, Jasvinder Sanghera CBE who escaped a forced marriage by running away from home. The latest Tweets from Jas Sanghera CBE (@Jas_Sanghera_KN). Lib Dem chief whip and apologised for saying the timing of Jasvinder Sanghera’s complaint. A campaigner against forced marriage says she was promised a peerage if she slept with a senior member of the House of Lords. Jasvinder.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Strongly recommended for those having indian friends, to see how hard their life is or else could have been.

This is the story of how one Asian woman cut her ties with abusive tradition and became a voice for those afraid to use their own. I’ve been divorced twice, I’ve been in relationships that have been horrendous, because I was constantly wanting to be loved. The idea seems only to make her sad.

Big Green Tree – the global skincare brand from Derbyshire. For the next few nights they slept in the car and on park benches. If the Lords upholds the recommended punishment, it would be the longest suspension handed to either a peer or an MP since the second world war. Then I wrote my book, Shame, and that was therapeutic. Jasvinder ends up starting an organization which helps women in these difficult situations.

She arranged to run away, with a friend’s brother, also Asian, who was some years older than her. Shame is a true story of Jasvinder Sanghera and her life. What a long way to go. Left her parents to marry a man she didnt love, then left him for an affair that turned violent He worked nights, and while he was asleep one day she wrote to him, saying: Enter your postcode below to personalise your weather feed.

Northern Ireland health bosses make ‘rich list’. The Karma Nirvana helpline is on It was a really well written book and educational. By turns frightening, enthralling and uplifting. I knew my turn was coming. I know that forced marriage is an issue within certain communities but I never stopped to consider that it would cross borders into other countries “first world” countries like the UK and Canada. Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards: Women I knew, their marriages were horrific, they suffered physical abuse, but they were encouraged to go back to their husbands.


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She hand-delivered 3, postcards which overwhelmingly showed support for making forced marriage a criminal offence, having enlisted the help of the Soroptimists in handing out the postcards on the streets of Derby.

This is a must read and an ey The book would have been no remarkable literary achievement in itself, had it not been a truthful and representative depiction of a shocking reality most of us are not even aware of.

But the work goes on. What in the world will it take for them to realize how wrong it is to treat someone you This is absolutely one of the best books I have read in a very long time. We have many more like-minded people now, but we are still a long way off. Judge Roderick Evans said it was because the family thought Shafilea was too Westernised. It makes me want to help her with her Karma Nirvana project, what a wonderful resource she is providing.

In Sikhism, some marriages are still arranged but both individuals have the right not to marry the partner chosen for them.

Our victims understand this as a set of rules and codes that they have to adhere to, or they put themselves at risk. Search Term Search Advanced search. Crucially, Karma Nirvana lobbies Government. That gave me self-confidence to continue with the charity.

They situate this abuse as being part of religion and culture. Daughters of Shame Jasvinder is now at the frontline of the battle to save women from the honour-based violence and threat of forced marriage that destroyed her own youth. I entered university not thinking I could do it, and I did it. That was the real shame of this book. Freedom to express yourself, do what your friends do, integrate, and embrace British culture, social networking – all those were deemed dishonourable: But what about joint endeavours, such universities and rugby clubs, asks Andrew Davison.


From that act of teenage rebellion against the beliefs and traditions of her family and community, has come a lifetime of fierce and effective activism.

Interview: Jasvinder Sanghera founder, Karma Nirvana, and author

I salute her struggle. She set up a charity Karma Nirvana to help Asian women to escape from their families and honour crimes. And then it was Jasvinder’s turn. She mourns the family relationships her children have never had, and there are times in her life when missing her family becomes magnified, perhaps a santhera, at Christmas or Diwali celebrations.

These are all the things she has worked so hard to promote. Her sisters all had arranged marriages, some as young as 15, being physically and psychologically abused.

We have eight forces signed up, but we want all But none of this has come without great personal cost. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A true story about the horrors experienced by some women. jasvindder

Struggled to set up a new life, Jassey started earning few by all means and when everything goes fine she divorces him. That peace of mind didn’t come to me until I had given birth to my own children. I think it’s amazing that she in now working with people who are going though what she did to help them through their struggles. My mother presented me with the photograph of a man whom she said I had been promised to from the age of eight.