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Jasvinder Sanghera

I wholeheartedly support the aims & objectives of Mix-together, as someone who has first-hand experience of being disowned by her family having fled a forced marriage and in my family's eyes added insult to injury by running away with someone of a lower caste. I remember how on the advice of the Police finding me in my hide-out I rang my mother to say I was safe and well and she then told me it was bad enough that I had run away, but to runaway with a ‘chamar’ (an 'untouchable') now meant I was dead in her eyes!  Upon reflection I recalled how we were brought up with a hatred of races & castes that were different to our own and the question of mixed relationships was not only intolerable but also punishable.  

Karma Nirvana is a national charity that campaigns on behalf of those who experience forced marriages & honour related abuse and there is no doubt in our minds that the majority of mixed relationships do cause honour based abuse. Nationally we hear of murders that are related to unacceptable mixed relationships and Karma Nirvana is increasingly identifying mixed couples in need of support emotionally and practically.

I was very pleased to hear of the work of Mix-together and soon made a link with a view to develop work in partnership. Karma Nirvana intend to build on the relationship with Mix-together to reduce the isolation of those who face challenges and prejudices to ensure that these voices do not go unheard or un-supported. 

Jasvinder Sanghera

Author 'Shame'

Director Karma Nirvana

National & International Campaigner

 

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