‘My aunt died because doctors assumed domestic violence is normal for Asian women’

As new analysis of census data shows almost half of women killed by men died at the hands of partners, Radhika Sanghani finds out how Asian women are ignored by the health system because of racist assumptions


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Mumtahina Jannat was killed by her abusive husband, Abdul Kadir, in 2011 after surviving years of being drugged, beaten and raped by him.

The abuse had started since she married Kadir at the age of 16, and continued till her death at the age of 28.

She’d approached various doctors, case workers and lawyers, but didn’t receive the support necessary to leave her husband and have sole custody of her children.