Naipaul’s wife finds Pak ‘horror’ now stalking UK - The Times of India
LONDON: Disturbed by cases of honour killing in Britain, Nadira Naipaul, wife of celebrated Indian-origin writer V S Naipal, says that she sees in London the same "horror" that made her flee Pakistan.
Nadira, Lady Naipaul is a Pakistani journalist
and the wife of novelist Sir Vidiadhar Naipaul. She was born Nadira Khannum Alvi in Pakistan and was raised in Kenya. She worked as a journalist for Pakistani newspaper, The Nation for ten years before meeting Naipaul. They married in 1996, two months after the death of Naipaul's first wife, Patricia Hale
Writing in the Daily Mail on Sunday, Nadira, says, "I can still see the horror that made me flee Pakistan — in the haunted eyes of girls raised here
... When I married V S Naipaul and moved to England in 1996, I thought I had left the horror behind."
She adds, "Pakistan had drained my resolve, and I was tired of fighting a losing battle
. To me, England, for all its ills, was the promised land. Instead , I have found the horror I fled has followed me here. It is all around, eroding the very core of everything Britain believes in.
"I see it everywhere. In the haunted eyes of young Pakistani girls, brought up in Britain , who know nothing but a Westernized life: young women who work happily behind beauty counters in our department stores, yet must return home to parents who refuse to emerge from their cultural ghettos
Cases of honour killings and forced marriages are reported from communities with origins in the Indian subcontinent . British authorities have taken several measures to prevent forced marriages. However, such cases continue to be reported, including the recent widely followed case of Shafilea Ahmed, who was killed by her parents for having westernized lifestyle