SOUTHALL Black Sisters held a rally on Saturday to raise awareness of the sexual violence that Asian women are subjected to both at home and abroad.

The event at Southall Park was in response to the horrific rape of a 23-year-old on a bus in Delhi, India late last year. The woman died two weeks later. The case sparked outrage across the globe.

The charity, which specialises in helping women from ethnic minority backgrounds, said that three million women face violence in the UK every year

The suicide rates of Asian women are up to three times the national average and 66,000 women in England and Wales live with female genital mutilation

In 2009, the Forced Marriage unit dealt with 1682 cases, the majority of which were women and girls.

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