By Sarbjit Kaur Athwal

  • Release Date : 2013-06-20
  • Genre : Biography
  • FIle Size : 0.88 MB
Score: 4.5
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Shamed In 1998, Sarbjit Athwal was called by her husband to attend a family meeting. It looked like just another family gathering. An attractive house in west London, a large dining room, two brothers, their mother, one wife. But the subject they were discussing was anything but ordinary. At the head of the group sat the elderly mother. She stared proudly around, smiling at her children, then raised her hand for silence. ‘It’s decided then,’ the old lady announced. ‘We have to get rid of her.’

‘Her’ was Surjit Athwal, Sarbjit’s sister-in-law. Within three weeks of that meeting, Surjit was dead: lured from London to India, drugged, strangled, and her body dumped in the Ravi River, never to be seen again.

After the killing, risking her own life, Sarbjit fought secretly for justice for nine long, scared years. Eventually, with immense bravery, she became the first person within a murderer’s family ever to go into open court in an honour killing trial as the Prosecution’s key witness, and the first to waive her anonymity in such a trial. As a result of her testimony, the trial led to the first successful prosecution of an honour killing without the body ever being found.

But her story doesn’t end there. Since the trial, her life has been threatened; her own husband arrested after an allegation of intimidation. Shamed is a story of fear and of horror – but also of immense courage, and a woman who risked everything to see that justice was done.


  • 👏🏆👌⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    By Ik 1986
    Opening your heart out and publishing a book is like re living those events, I applaud the writer for doing that. The only thing I'm going to say about this book is that until you have not read it you don't know what you are missing.
  • Honour killing

    By Campbell27
    This story was very close to my heart as I escaped from an honour killing, many people don't understand our Culture, I'm half Pakistani born and raised in Britain and my early life was very similar to sarbjit's! The only difference is the people who wanted to kill me was my own father and brothers! This story was so touching that I just couldn't put my phone down I read the whole story in a day! It's so detailed that my heart would beat fast when I read certain parts as it would take me back to When I was in a very similar situation, I totally understand what this women went through, Sarbjit your one very brave lady, you have brought Surjit Justice, this poor women didn't deserve to die.
  • Brilliant heart touching real story

    By Rachutg
    I had seen this article on online and decided to google , and found it was available on iTunes. I am usually not a book reader but I had to reAd it . I understand what this brave woman had to go through, I felt like she was my mother itself because I know how it feels to be called liar and children in pain and confusion. My story is similar except there wasn't killing but divorce involved ofmy parents .
  • Shamed

    By Lakshmi_1988
    Amazing story. Heartbreaking but full of courage and love.
  • Gripping and heartfelt

    By Shimmyshams
    This story was very sad but so brave to have made this public. I couldn't put my ipad down!
  • Amazing

    By Snoopymann
    I'm not one to write reviews, but this is a must read book! It become the centre point of many discussions between the women in my family, friends and community. Enabling my elders to discuss the lives the had to live/friends experienced coming to the U.K. at a similar time; and my peers to reflect on how privileged we are. Definitely a book I would recommends my daughter in years to come.
  • Shamed !! We all should be

    By Hollythe springer
    What a very sad and moving story! When i started to read this wonderful book I couldn't put it down, reading some pages made my heart race and also made me cry, most people would have buckled under all that pressure.Sarbjit Kaur Athwal a inspiration to us all. Please read this book, you will not be disappointed
  • An awesome book!!!! Must Read!!!

    By Wizz™
    I would encourage anyone to read this book, but beware your in for an emotional roller coaster ;)
  • An encouragement to those in similar situations.

    By Gaxta
    I dont read many books but this one engrossed me from the start.. I have learnt a lot about honour and shame in the sheik culture due to Sarbjit’s life. I commend you Sarbjit for going through with it, where many would have not, and carried on with there torturous life.. I wish you all the best for happy and peaceful life Sarbjit.
  • Wow, a must read!

    By OzzyWozzyV
    An amazing book- I hardly read, but this book- I read in two inspirational woman indeed..