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Rahila Gupta

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Rahila Gupta
Rahila Gupta (2008)
Occupation Author, Journalist
Twitter @RahilaG

Rahila Gupta is a writer and freelance journalist for The Guardian and New Humanist[1], and as member of the Management Committee of Southall Black Sisters[wp][2] a leading feminist activist.

She is co-writer of Kiranjit Ahluwalia's autobiography and as a member of the Southall Black Sisters[wp] (SBS)[3] she played a significant role in ensuring that a woman, who had fired and killed her husband in his sleep, was stylized as a heroine.

Articles

Books

Enslaved (2008)
Autobiography - The cover picture shows the murderer celebrating herself. In the background, a newspaper headline: "Camp­aig­ners claim victory after retrial accepts ...: Judge frees wife who burnt brutal hus­band to death"
  • As co-writer with Kiranjit Ahluwalia: Circle Of Light. The Autobiography of Kiranjit Ahluwalia., HarperCollins[wp], 1997, ISBN 0-00638329-7[4]
  • From Homebreakers to Jailbreakers: Southall Black Sisters, Zed Books, 2004, ISBN 1-84277440-9
  • Provoked. The Story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia., HarperCollins India, 2007, ASIN B00E3FXIMU
  • Enslaved. The New British Slavery., Portobello Books, 2008, ISBN 1-84627066-9

Book description

Enslaved The New British Slavery
Slavery in Britain did not end with Wilberforce. They may be largely invisible to us, but living in our midst are thousands of slaves. Rahila Gupta seeks out five escapees and persuades them to tell us their stories in this compelling and revealing book. We meet a pregnant child from Sierra Leone who was locked up in a London house as a domestic slave; a Russian teenager trafficked into prostitution; a Chinese man, living in fear of the Triads; a religious Somali woman who had to exchange sex for food; and, a young Punjabi woman forced into marriage and repeatedly abused by her husband. These are the stories of those who have escaped, through a combination of courage, timing, luck and the humanity of those who helped them. Their testimonies are harrowing but we cannot leave them unheard.

References

  1. Rahila Gupta, openDemocracy
  2. From the text in the book cover of From Homebreakers to Jailbreakers: Southall Black Sisters
  3. "Kiranjit's story has been fictionalised but it is broadly based on Circle of Light, her autobiography she wrote with Rahila Gupta, a long-serving member of the Southall Black Sisters. Rahila's screenplay has been further dramatised by an American, Carl Austin, brought in by the director." -
    An eye for an eye, The Telegraph India on 12 June 2005
  4. HarperCollins[wp] is an American publisher based in New York. HarperCollins is a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Rupert Murdoch[wp] (born 1931) is an American media entrepreneur with Australian origin.