Founder & CEO of True Honour
Survivor of Honour Based Violence. Former Police Community Support Officer, Author of Shamed and Founder & CEO of True Honour.
– Sarbjit was just 19 when she got married and moved into the house of her husband's very strict family, which included her mother-in-law, her husband’s brother and his wife.
Her sister-in-law, Surjit, was more rebellious and, as a consequence, was regularly beaten for her disobedience. When the family found out she was having an affair, drastic actions were taken. They took her to a family wedding in India, where her mother-in-law arranged for her to be drugged, strangled and thrown into a river.
When Sarbjit found out what had happened to her sister-in-law, she was terrified and was told if she said a word, the same thing would happen to her. So she was forced into silence… But the stress nearly killed her and she was rushed into hospital.
Living under threats for many years fear was her normality. Lying in hospital being told it was a matter of life or death. Sarbjit worked behind the family's back and became the Key Witness for the Prosecution in the Murder Trial. Her story is told in ‘Shamed’.
FORMER POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER
Started her career with the Metropolitan Police Service in 2008 after giving evidence in the murder trial at The Old Bailey. Working within the police force she learnt there was a lack of knowledge and cultural understanding and awareness which made it very difficult for officers to engage and investigate. Sarb assisted other boroughs when dealing with HBV crimes and helped victims to come forward. She also lectured at Hendon Police College.
AUTHOR OF 'SHAMED'
- Will take you through Sarb’s journey and how she survived living in a family who believed Honour was worth more than a womans life. To increase awareness on HBV & FM, a must read for all.
True Honour was founded after breaking the silence and standing up for Justice. Sarb now works with Police Forces around the country to ensure police officers have the right knowledge and understanding when supporting victims of these crimes. As a survivor, Sarb’s first-hand experience and real life trauma is shared with all officers to help them understand HBV and FM, allowing them to fully understand what a victim goes through when living within these circumstances. Key speaker the House of Commons and Conferences. Also works with The Home Office, Local Authorities, Education Sector, and Partner Agencies.
Sarb is very passionate in supporting others and sends out a strong message so other victims do not suffer in the way she did. The only way to achieve this, is by working collaboratively with one another, and to gain a better understanding of the religious and cultural backgrounds of victims.
Sarb’s work has been recognized by many:
2015 - ITV Crime and Investigations
2014 - True Honour Award – IKWRO
2014 - Women Of Power Conference– Storm Empowerment
2013 - Bravest Woman Award – Best Magazine
2013 - Women's Warrior of the Year at the - Cosmopolitan's magazine
Bravery and Honesty - Assistant Commissioner New Scotland Yard