Jasvinder Sanghera in Community Practitioner, August 2017
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Surviving honour-based injustice
Forced marriages, imprisonment, even murder. This is the reality for thousands of UK victims harmed by those who are meant to love them most – their families. Jasvinder Sanghera, CEO of charity Karma Nirvana, was one of them.
“I was born in the UK, one of seven sisters, went to school here and grew up understanding how the honour of my family was invested in my behaviour. Their position, their personal, family and community reputation, was directly linked to how I behaved.
“I was 14 years old when my mother presented me with the picture of a man I later learned I had been promised to at the age of eight. I was the one who dared to say: ‘No, I was born here, I want to go to school – I don’t want to marry a stranger.’
“Fast-forward 37 years and here I am sharing my experience with you. This is a privilege, as tragically many cannot, either because they are murdered, commit suicide, conform or go back home as they cannot face life disowned by their families.”