A profoundly affecting memoir by a woman who is a survivor of the "honour/shame" culturally-related system of abuse.
Aruna Papp has been committed for the past twenty-eight years to helping other South Asian women escape from a lifetime of oppression. Born in Northern India to a Seventh-Day Adventist family, she attended elementary school thanks to her grandmother, who worked in the house of a white colonial family. Abused by her father, Aruna was forced into an arranged marriage and eventually immigrated to Canada, where the abuse, now at the hands of her husband, continued without respite. Years later, she walked away from the marriage, at great cultural cost. Behind her remarkable story lies the issue of culturally sanctioned honour crimes and the way that westerners, and the Western media, will willfully turn a blind eye to culture-based iniquities. Compelling, moving, sometimes shocking, Unworthy Creature is ultimately the hopeful and redemptive story of one courageous woman's struggle to survive.
Aruna Papp was born in India and emigrated to Canada in 1972. She is the founder of three non-profit organizations to assist new immigrants and victims of violence. She lectures and offers training on matters of domestic violence for police, social work programs in universities, family court judges, school teachers and medical service providers. She currently works as a counsellor and therapist.
Written with Barbara Kay, who is a columnist with the National Post.