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THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER by Shobhan Bantwal

The Forbidden Daughter
Shobhan Bantwal
Women’s Fiction
Kensington
336 pages

When a young widow refuses to comply with her in-laws’ dictate to abort her unborn child, will her rebellion turn out to be the greatest mistake of her life, or a blessing in disguise? This is the story of one mother’s valiant fight to protect her daughters in a society that often frowns on female children, and the only man who will help her in her battle when the stakes become impossibly high.

THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER is woven around the hot-button social issue of vanishing girl children in contemporary India, where gender-based abortions and female infanticide continue to be practiced in some areas despite laws to ban the practices.

Shobhan Bantwal is the author of THE DOWRY BRIDE and a freelance writer who writes for a number of publications including The Writer, India Abroad, Little India, DesiJournal.com, India Currents and New Woman India. THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER is her second book. One of her short stories will be featured in a charity anthology titled DREAMS & DESIRES 3, the proceeds from which will be donated to a battered women’s shelter by the publisher. You can visit her website at www.shobhanbantwal.com.

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