Jasvinder Sanghera documentary

by Rumbold
29th March, 2011 at 8:31 am    

Forced marriage campaigner Jasvinder Sanghera has made a documentary (available on the iplayer for a few more days) on her attempts to reconcile with her family:

Shame Travels is the story of one woman’s desperate attempt to contact a sister she was not allowed to meet because she dishonoured her family.

Jasvinder Sanghera fled from her home in Derby to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to escape being sent to India to marry a much older man who she had only ever seen in a photograph.

Her refusal to marry, aged just 16, led her mother to say she was “dead to her”.

Jasvinder is today the Founder/Director of Karma Nirvana – the charity that helps young British women to escape forced marriage. She is also the writer of two bestselling books: Shame and Daughters of Shame which chronicle her life-story and those of other women suffering similar experiences.

The documentary follows Jasvinder’s final attempt at reconciliation with her family.

Ms. Sanghera has long been a staunch opponent of forced marriage. It is a serious problem in the UK (and elsewhere), with 1735 cases of forced marriage (potential or actual) reported to the Forced Marriage Unit in 2010. Around 85% of victims are women, whilst some men are forced into it too.

(Hat-Tip: a PP reader)

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  1. Sue Wilkinson

    RT @sunny_hundal: Blogged: : Jasvinder Sanghera documentary http://bit.ly/fxnmE4 Watch it here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00znwx2

  2. Samira Ahmed

    Doco about forced marriage campaigner Jasvinder Sanghera's attempt to reconcile with own family RT @sunny_hundal http://bit.ly/fxnmE4

  1. mangles — on 30th March, 2011 at 8:25 am  

    Well done Jasvinder – its so wrong that people will use religion to protect their fears, or worse to hide their actions, as was Jasvinder’s experience with her family

    It was so pleasing to watch Jasvinder’s successful journey. Especially when she not only reconciled with her long separated sister, but also found re-attachment in the faith she had grown up with.

    Hope Jasvinder’s good work will now be enriched with her own experience and that we can find better ways of faith communities working with the many women separated not just from their families but communities, and provide them with the necessary support they need and so rightly deserve.

    Rab rakha!

  2. irrelephant — on 2nd April, 2011 at 11:15 pm  

    I wonder how many parents of those girls rescued by the forced marriage unit have criminal charges pressed against them.

    These people should be dragged through the courts and shown across he news, then let’s see what their take on preserving their family honour by depriving their girls of their basic rights as human beings is.

    I suppose it’s enough for them that they didnt kill the girls at birth! it is nice that she became clear on how a nonsense version of sikhism was used as leverage against her.

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