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Results 1 – 16 of 16 Circle of Light by Kiranjit Ahluwalia and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at Get this from a library! Circle of light: the autobiography of Kiranjit Ahluwalia. [ Kiranjit Ahluwalia; Rahila Gupta]. Kiranjit Ahluwalia (born ) is an Indian woman who came to international attention after commitment” in helping to bring to light the subject of domestic violence. She wrote an autobiography with co-author Rahila Gupta, Circle of Light.

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Kiranjit Ahluwalia born is an Indian woman who came to international attention after burning her husband to death in in the UK. She claimed it was in response to ten years of physicalpsychologicaland sexual abuse.

Although her submission of provocation failed under R v Duffy the loss of control needed to be sudden, [2] which this was notshe successfully pleaded the partial defence of diminished responsibility under s. The film Provoked is a fictionalised account of Ahluwalia’s life. Inat the age of 24, Kiranjit left her home of Chak Kalal in Punjab to travel to the United Kingdom after marrying her husband, Deepak—a man she had only met once.

She stated that she had suffered from domestic abuse for ten years, including physical violence, food deprivation, and marital kirwnjit.

CIRCLE OF LIGHT The Autobiography of Kiranjit Ahluwalia

When Kiranjit looked to her family for help, they reprimanded her, saying it was a matter of vircle honor that she remain with her husband. She ultimately tried running away from home, but was found by her husband and brought back. During her marriage, Kiranjit had two sons who she claimed often bore witness to the violence she endured.


One evening in the spring ofKiranjit was allegedly attacked by her husband. She later accused him of trying to break her ankles and burn her face with a hot iron, apparently trying to extort money from her extended family. Later that night, while her husband lay sleeping, Kiranjit fetched some petrol and caustic soda mixture from the garage and mixed it to create napalm.

She poured ligh over the bed and set it alight, and ran into a garden with her three-year-old son. In a later interview she stated: At times I had tried to run away, but he would catch me and beat me even harder.

I decided to burn his feet so he couldn’t run after me.

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Kiranjit, who could only speak broken English at the time, was arrested and ultimately charged with murder. Kiranjit was convicted of murder in December Her counsel did not make any cirvle about the violence she later claimed she had endured, while the prosecution suggested that Kiranjit was motivated by jealousy due to her husband’s repeated affairs.

Her case eventually came to the attention of the Southall Black Sisters who pressed for a mistrial. Kiranjit’s conviction was overturned on appeal in on grounds of insufficient counsel—Kiranjit had not been aware that she could plead guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

In addition, it was brought to light that she was suffering cirlce severe depression when she lashed back at her husband, which her new counsel argued had altered her decision-making abilities at the time. Kiranjit’s case helped raise awareness of domestic violence in families of non-English speaking immigrants to Western countries, as well as changing the laws for domestic abuse victims in the United Kingdom. Her case, known in British legal textbooks as R v Ahluwaliachanged the definition of the word “provocation” in cases of battered women, so as to reclassify her crime as manslaughter instead of murder[9] and in the same year as her appeal, lead to the freeing of Emma Humphreys and Sarah Thornton.


Kiranjit was honored in at the first Asian Women Awards in recognition of her “strength, personal achievements, determination and commitment” in helping to bring to light the subject of domestic violence. She wrote an autobiography with co-author Rahila GuptaCircle of Light. Gita Kight made a film called Unprovoked for the British television investigative documentary programme Dispatches on the subject of Kiranjit’s experience.

The story was fictionalised in the film Provokedwhich was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. During the screening at Cannes, Kiranjit sat next to Rai, holding her hand and sobbing during the most violent scenes.

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