LONDON — The issues of domestic violence and abuse towards women in Asian and Indian cultures are two of the central themes touched on in author Saurav Dutt’s new novel, “The Butterfly Room.”
“In light of the explosive ‘India’s Daughter’ documentary, it is more relevant than ever to explore certain trenchant and deeply rooted cultural taboos within Indian and Asian societies,” said Dutt in a press release.
“The issues of women’s rights, domestic violence, and abuse, as well as homophobia and LGBTI discrimination are not isolated to South Asia or India, and that is why I wanted to explore them in this book.”
To compile the novel, Dutt interviewed survivors and their families who were impacted by abuse and discrimination. Their personal stories are at the heart of the novel, as the author seeks to shed some light on these cultural taboos.
Proceeds from the sale of “The Butterfly Room” will benefit a number of charities that offer assistance to survivors and victims of homophobia, LGBTI discrimination, and domestic violence and abuse.
Those charitable beneficiaries include Refuge, the United Kingdom’s largest provider of specialist domestic violence services, as well as Southall Black Sisters, Women’s Aid, Stonewall UK, and Amnesty International.
“I feel it is important to give back and help raise awareness of these vital, concurrent issues, and to work in hand with charities to do so,” added Dutt.