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February 1, 2015 / subramanyam

Rape Scars … They never heal…


A Nirbhaya, an Abhaya, an  incident with the Uber cab driver, another incident where a five year girl is molested, teachers abusing kids sexually in the Bangalore schools…… Just a few incidents that mirror the safety of the women in a country that worships the “Divine Feminine”.  Rape cases are only increasing and multiplying in this country not a week passes with us hearing some news about a heinous crime that has happened in some part of the country. The country is slowly and steadily falling into a chaotic state where most of its denizens are feeling ashamed of the way the nation is handling its women.

How do we tackle this?  I am a big fan of stringent laws and quick justice and believe that the tough laws are a way to bring things in order. I believe many in the country would concur with me on this. While we debate ceaselessly about the accused,  the legal delays, the police and the judicial procedures we often do not explore the life of the rape survivor. How does she live? What all has she got to endure? Is she the only affected one? What happens to her family? Does her humiliation end with the ghastly act committed against her? Most importantly does she believe in the justice system and does she agree that the punishments is befitting to the crime that was committed? Then comes the bigger question, what is the purpose of the punishment and does the punishment that’s pronounced by the law serve that purpose. Gaurav Sharma explores all these in his book the “Rape Scars. They Never Heal…. ” Here is the blurb of the book.

A girl is raped…! Her parents insist to report. Police tries to scuttle the case. Her father’s influence works! Doctor, the fourth

The front Cover

man, sees her bare. The defense lawyer encounters with obnoxious questions…

As if, she had inveigled the innocent boys…

As if, she’s the one accused and her violators are seeking justice against her… She feels & experiences being raped in public again.

Her lawyer manages to seek conviction! Akriti wins the case but refuses her culprit to have imprisonment.

Why does she do this?

What does she decide then?

Is this the decision of ‘her’ or ‘raped mind’?

Rape Scars is the voice of a rape survivor who thrives to stand against the violation of her persona…

The book starts with Akriti, the protoganist who is trying to come to senses as to what happened to her. Going home is the first ordeal and then facing her parents is the next. Her parents insist that she report the matter to police. As she realizes that her tough times have just begun, her experiences with the doctors the police and the defense lawyers teach her an invaluable lesson. She stays and fights and on the day of judgement she does some thing that is completely unexpected. What does she do? What does she want out of this? Did she get what she wanted? Where does her life go after all this? Read Gaurav Sharma’s 150 page book to get all the answers.

What did I like in the book

1. The genre, touching some thing like this and writing a bold book on this subject is awesome in the first place.

2. The language and the words that were used. I like writers who use very nice language and when one person uses lascivious instead of simply saying filled with lust, I am bound to fall for it.

3. I liked the author’s research, reading this book would make the reader aware of a lot of legal procedures and laws connected to rape cases.  He also explains in detail about the medical examination that is conducted on the rape victims and tells us the pain and agony the victims have to undergo when this happens. Then the police procedures too were very well documented.

4. I liked the plot too and the idea of punishment was indeed very good.

What could have improved

1.  I somehow felt that the book became very slow after the court judgement scene. It could have been made more spicy.

2. There was a Rajeshwari Joshi with the police initially and then in the police records there was Rajeswari Chohan. Was this a typo or were there two persons?   That should have been made more clear.

3. I somehow felt that the author rushed to the conclusion, since 150 pages is indeed short for a novel on this subject. I felt the author could have added more chapters and brought the book to the conclusion.  I felt that the author was rushing through  things.

To Conclude

         I like Gaurav Sharma for the way he chooses his subjects and writes his novels. I read Love @ Air Force last year and really liked that book. That was a refreshingly new concept and he wrote it well. This time it is a sensitive subject like Rape and again he penned a fantastic book. The way he handled the story and told it from the perspective of a rape victim was amazing, it is indeed a nice work that addresses a very  important problem of this country and gives an unusual answer to it.  It is not that it is the best answer or something but it is something that is definitely worth a read.

Do read the book you would find a paradigm shift in your perspective on rape victims once you read it.

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Here is a little more about the author.

About the Author AuthorGaurav Sharma, a Mathematics teacher by profession and a writer by passion. His first novel is Love @ Air Force which is a bildungsroman literary novel, brought out by Blackbuck Publications. He also contributed a poem in The Essence of Eternal Happiness which is a collection of poems from 29 poets from six countries. Lunacy for his dreams, he claims, has helped him being a published writer. As a writer, he doesnt want to be just a storyteller but yearns to create a stir.

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I picked the images from the internet, some of them might be copy righted.

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  1. tanimaraghu / Feb 6 2015 5:12 pm

    Really sad the condition is in India. Strong people can only talk about it. But my only concern is what can be done about this? what do you think is the solution? How can government help not only the cities but small areas to get rid of this problem? Please write something about it

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  2. subramanyam / Feb 6 2015 7:21 pm

    Hi Tanima
    Welcome to SatyaSurya (Truth & Light ). Yeah this is one of the most disturbing facts of the country. I tried to write some thing about this before. Here is the link . https://satyasurya.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/sexual-abuse-my-random-ramblings/ I gave a speech as well. https://satyasurya.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/a-national-shame/. I will write more on this . Please share your thoughts.

    Thanks again for visiting SatyaSurya. Keep visiting this blog often .

    Subramanyam

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  3. tanimaraghu / Feb 12 2015 12:39 pm

    I will surely read the links thank you for your reply but i would want to read more about what if government provides basic infrastructure. The crude prices are so low now a day and govt has a fiscal surplus with them to spend on our nations betterment. Don’t you think?

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  4. subramanyam / Feb 17 2015 6:38 pm

    I think we ought create some reserves for the oil companies too. That would actually save them during the tough times. I believe Crude oil prices are bound to go up in future. Then the govt’s have to suffer a backlash of they increase the prices. So you know what I mean. Creating buffer reserves for the oil companies would be a priority for the govt. Then, the govt would also be losing the tax money they get on OIL right. So creating a surplus from these reserves seems to be tough.

    We also need to know if this down ward spiral of the oil price is here to stay. If that is not there then it would be another concern for the govt.

    I concur with you point that the govt should build basic infrastructure. There should be allocation of budgets to women safety irrespective of the oil prices and the govt subsidies.

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