In some cultures, there is a barbaric practice that continues today. This is called an honor killing. It is the killing of a relative, usually a daughter or a woman, that is seen as having dishonored the family.
Author, Dr. Laila Anwarzai Ayoubi joined us on Wednesday on “Life.Style.Live!” discussing his book, “Niki’s honor.”
“This book is based on true stories and its message is the need for all to be kind to their daughters, wives, sisters and all other girls and women,” said author Laila Anwarzai Ayoubi.
Published by New York-based Page Publishing, Laila Anwarzai Ayoubi’s harrowing tale is a tragic, yet powerful story about an innocent victim of “honour killing” practices and the family she seeks to protect. Based on real events that are still happening in many parts of the world, this book reveals the realities of these unspeakable acts committed against girls and women, and usually perpetrated by a family member.
In a land occupied by the Soviets, Niki, a beautiful rural Pashtun village girl, finds herself entangled in a series of events that put an end to her fairy tale dreams. She becomes the victim of a cultural practice where a family’s honor and pride are more precious than life itself.
Suffering in silence, Niki endures much pain and humiliation, but she still refuses to reveal her personal secret, saving her family and especially her mother from further disgrace. She was engaged when she was little to the fifteen-year-old son-in-law of a khan. They end up falling in love. His secret is only shared with him. She has committed no crime but bears the brunt of a heinous act committed by another.
Ayoubi said the motivation for writing the book came from people wanting to hear her voice to reduce violence against women.
Originally from Afghanistan, she now teaches at both Butler University and Martin University.
She also works as a social worker at Firefly Children, primarily helping Afghan refugee families who have recently moved to Indianapolis.
Previously, she served as National Education Advisor for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Afghanistan. Additionally, she served as a diplomat and first secretary at the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad.