Kaurs Magazine Gives Voice to Sikh Women Worldwide

January 22, 2006

Source: Hindustan Times


On January 22, 2006 the Hindustan Times reported, "The Indo-Canadian community has been making news for some time for its so-called NRI marriages where 'phoren' Punjabi boys land in Punjab, marry local girls, collect their 'dowry' and disappear, leaving these poor brides in the lurch. Many of these women who manage to land in Canada are subjected to all sorts of violence. Finally, these hapless women have found a voice. And the mouthpiece for their voice is the Kaurs, the first magazine of its kind on the Punjabi diaspora. The Kaurs is the brainchild of Toronto-based Roma Kaur. Born and raised in Jaipur, Roma Kaur is a post-graduate in French literature from Panjab University. She has taught in France and worked as a producer with OMNI television in Canada. How will she fulfil her mission? 'My brief internship with the United Nations in New York helped me formalize the idea of Kaurs magazine. I've worked very closely with the Punjabi community in different countries and this allowed me to develop an international network that further facilitated the work of the magazine. We need to work towards the strengthening of the girl child of our community and this magazine should be able to play a great role in the process,' says Roma."