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UK Narinder Kaur Fronts Anti-forced Marriage Campaign


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Big Brother star Narinder Kaur fronts anti forced marriage campaign

BIG Brother star Narinder Kaur is to front a national campaign to halt forced marriages.

The outspoken Geordie Sikh, who won fame in series two of the TV reality show, will be the first face of Say No To Fear – a campaign to raise awareness of forced marriage.

The mum-of-two, who grew up in West Moor, North Tyneside, told the Sunday Sun she is taking on the ambassadorial role as she is passionate about helping young women and men pressured to tie the knot against their will.

She said: “This is a cultural problem. I have had an arranged marriage and that worked for me but there are lots of boys and girls under a lot of pressure at home to marry.

“Forced marriages are common, people would be surprised how often.
“Many people are suffering verbal, emotional and even physical abuse and they are scared – of their parents.

“I am a strong, opinionated British Indian woman and really, I am sticking my neck on the line because some Asian communities will be up in arms about this. But there has to be a voice for those young boys and girls who are in these circumstances.

“They need to hear that they don’t have to be scared and there is help out there.”

The 38-year-old left Tyneside at 19 and married hubby Jatinder, another Sikh she met while studying for a degree.

The Toon celeb caused a furore when she said she would not raise her children Jeevan and Deevah in the Newcastle as she thought it was too racist.


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