New book tries to prevent domestic
violence, and help victims
Both the Indian and the United States governments need to amend immigration laws to help protect women of Indian origin living in the US, feels San
Francisco Bay Area-based attorney and human rights
activist Anu Peshawaria.
She hosted an event in Fremont, California, last week,
promoting her new book, Lives On The Brink: Bridging the
Chasm between Two Great Nations, India and United
It is about people who come to the US without knowing
It suggests what laws are needed in the US and in India
to ensure security, she said.
She described clients’ stories and said she gets at least 10
calls every week. Even children, whose fathers have abandoned them in India before settling down in the US, keep
calling her, she said.
In 2005, Peshawaria conducted a seminar to raise awareness about this. In an earlier book, The Immigrant’s
Dream, she addressed the problem of Indian women married to husbands from the Diaspora.
According to a recent survey in the Boston area, 40.8 percent of South Asian women reported having been physically or sexually abused by a male partner in their lifetime; 40
percent of South Asian women report domestic violence
(much higher than the 28 percent seen in the general
American population, according to UNICEF, 2000).
Nearly 90 percent of these women were immigrants.
“I feel for women who are suffering,” said Peshawaria,
Anu Peshawaria with her book
who has worked with women since the time she was an
attorney in India. She said half of domestic violence victims
do not report it while the other half does not understand
the concept of mental abuse. Women come for help when
they are thrown out at 11 pm and do not know where to go,
she said. While some of them go to the Indian consulate, it
is not equipped with such issues. Women’s organizations
are flooded with cases and there are not enough statistics,
thanks to the paucity of research, she said.
The panel discussion
‘Domestic violence will not stop just because
women have the earning capacity’
Several nonprofits co-partnered with 3rd I’s ninth
annual San Francisco International South Asian Film
Festival November 9-13, that this year also focused on
issues pertaining to South Asian women.
SFISAFF, the oldest South Asian film festival in the
United States, showcases South Asian cinema in the
Bay Area. The festival presented 16 programs featur-
ing films from India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa,
Sri Lanka, Tibet and the United States.
The festival presented 16 programs featuring films from India, Nepal, Pakistan,
South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tibet and the United States