“This book is based on true stories occurring in many parts of the word, and its message is the need for all people to be kind to their daughters, wives, sisters and to all other girls and women,” said Ayoubi, an associate professor at the University of Indianapolis and a native of Afghanistan.
Her poignant tale includes the tragic, yet powerful, story about an innocent victim of “honor killing” practices and the family she seeks to protect. Available at bookstores and online at Amazon, “Niki’s Honor” reveals the realities of these unspeakable acts, which are usually carried out by a family member.
In a Soviet occupied country, Niki, a beautiful, young village girl, becomes entangled in a series of events that brings an end to her fairy tale dreams. She becomes a casualty of a cultural practice where a family’s honor and pride is more precious than life itself.
Suffering in silence, Niki endures pain and humiliation while still refusing to reveal her secret, saving her family from further disgrace. She was engaged when she was a little girl to the handsome 15-year-old son of a Khan. They eventually fall in love, and her secret is shared with only him.