Davinder Kaur

Her memoir, "Forced to Marry Him," has captivated readers worldwide, shedding light on the devastating effects of cultural and traditional abuse.

But Davinder's work doesn't stop there. She collaborates with organizations globally to end arranged and forced marriages, using her own experiences to empower others to speak out against abuse. Her story is one of resilience and courage, inspiring others to find their voice and stand up against injustice. Learn more about Davinder's advocacy work and her journey to becoming a powerful voice for change.

My Story

What happened to me should not happen to anyone else. Sadly, forced marriages continue to happen and no place is immune to them. This doesn't just happen in India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and some African countries, etc. It happens all over the world! My story is the story of thousands of others, and until we speak up and share our stories, nothing will change. Awareness needs to be spread about these atrocities which are inflicted on so many. No one should be forced to marry a stranger and be put into danger!


The Engagement

At 14, my future was planned; engaged without a word. I wanted romance, not a forced marriage. My education was sacrificed for it.


My Escape

At the age of 18, I tried to escape the forced marriage by running away, but was tricked into coming back.


The Forced Marriage

Despite my efforts to escape, I was forced to marry the boy in Denmark.


My Second (and Final) Escape

I managed to escape the abusive marriage and found my freedom.


My Current Pursuits

Now living in the U.S., I use my voice to raise awareness of issues such as forced and child marriage. I wrote a memoir about my experience, Forced to Marry Him: A Lifetime of Tradition and the Will to Break It, to expose the harm that is done to women all over the world in the name of tradition.


She Reads Podcast | Laura Foley

The podcast covers topics such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, forced marriage, and the silence among clergy regarding these issues.

Forced Marriage Story | Angelica Edwards

I had a candid Zoom interview with Angelica Edwards on Feb 22, 2020. We discussed how cultural expectations can impact one's life.

Forced to Marry Him: A Memoir | Davinder Kaur

Davinder talks about her book and why she had to write it. The video also shows a look at the inside of the book as a very happy friend unwraps the book and describes what she finds!

#CoffeeTime Podcast | Noah Kinsey

She talks about her forced arranged marriage to a stranger that barely spoke her same language, what empowered her to take her life in her own hands, and how she escaped!

Articles & References

50 Million Missing | Rita Banerji

Davinder Kaur advocates for women's organizations to challenge harmful traditions like forced marriage​.
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Survivors Are Combating a Well-Kept US Secret – Child Marriages | Savita Patel

Child marriage is legal in 44 US states, with survivors calling for a nationwide ban.
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Indian American Writers Sign Books At ‘Ahaana Authors with Chai & Chaat’

3 Indian-American authors sign books at Ahaana's in-person book reading event with chai & chaat.
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