She was herself, for many years, a victim of family violence, before she was able to break free.
Now Mississauga-based Aruna Papp has just written her book Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter’s Memoir of Honour, Shame and Love.
The book, co-authored by Barbara Kay, was officially launched recently by Rona Ambrose who, among the hats she wears, is one as Minister for the Status of Women, in a bid to help raise awareness.
Said Papp, “I hope my book will encourage community leaders from all countries where gendered inequities flourish to break the silence on, and the cycle of, honour-motivated abuse.”
Added Kay: “Aruna Papp’s lonely journey from ‘unworthiness’ to a full embrace of Canadian gender equality will hopefully inspire change throughout our society.”
In commending Papp on her courage to speak out, Minister Ambrose said: “This is the incredible life story of a woman bearing courageous witness to the terrors of violence committed in the name of ‘honour’.
“Aruna Papp demonstrates that the barbaric practices associated with ‘honour’ motivated violence have no place in Canada, and that we must reject them using clear language of freedom and equality,” the minister added.
The book has been published by Freedom Press Canada; visit www.freedompress.ca