Unworthy Creature: Aruna Papp

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Hers is a story of growing up in what she calls an Honour Culture where girls are valued less than boys ... where they can be punished for making the wrong choices or be compliant enough to punish themselves. Aruna Papp says the Honour Culture she experienced in India followed her to Canada. We hear her story and her belief that many South Asian - Canadian women still face what she escaped.


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Unworthy Creature: Aruna Papp

When police in eastern Ontario pulled the drowned bodies of four women out of a canal lock three years ago, it didn't seem possible that such a thing could happen by accident. But the truth didn't seem possible either.

The multiple homicide was not the act of a deranged killer. We have since learned through the courts, it was the calculated act of a family, attacking itself. A husband killed his wife, parents killed their children, a brother killed his sisters. It sounds completely unhinged -- but there was a demented logic.

The Shafias were victims of what has become known as honour killing, and they died because they were women. It's a catastrophe that will hopefully never be repeated. But many Canadian women know how humiliation and violence are linked to twisted ideas of honour.

Our next guest knows what it means to grow up in what she calls an honour culture. Aruna Papp was born in India and emigrated to Canada with her family in 1972. She is the author of Unworthy Creature. A Punjabi Daughter's Memoir of Honour, Shame and Love. Aruna Papp joined us in our Toronto studio.

This segment was produced by The Current's Kathleen Goldhar.


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