It is an experience shared by millions of girls and young women around the World.
They were married against their will before 18 years old.Born in Britain but of Indian descent Jastvinda Zangara witnessed her sisters taken out of school in England at 15 and married to men they have never met.I was 14 when my mother present the photograph of the man.I was to learn I was promised to when I was 8 and I was the one who said no.Im not marrying this man.Like resistors Zangara ran away and was disowned by her parents and siblings.
Im seen as the shameful dishonorable daughter who could contaminate their families and their children, too.Going to school was wrong thing,going home and closing your front door was another world that was the stronger world of the two.
Singil wrote a book about her experience and is educating others about how strong traditional beliefs in the practice of forced marriage is still happening in both developed and the developing nations for Indians living in Britain.
She says it is not uncommon for a daughter to be married to a man in India so he can have a passport in south India.