Marriage Rows

It's an old South Asian story: boy meets girl just before the wedding. Boy marries girl whether she wants to or not. Girl loses her identity, her sanity and, sometimes, her life. At age 15, Jasvinder Sanghera was hurtling toward just such a fate. Born of Indian immigrants in the gritty English East Midlands city of Derby, she was about to be wed to a man she had never seen in a place, Punjab, she had never been.

Sanghera's story took a detour. She ran away from home, married someone of her choosing, raised three children,...

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