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The Bad Touch: The True story of Harish Iyer and other Thrivers of Child Sex Abuse Paperback – 8 Jan 2014
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About the Author
After a six-year stint in marketing communications, Payal Singh Karwa ventured into content writing to pursue her mission of being actively involved in social causes through her writing. In 2009, she quit the rigours of a regular job and started out as an independent communications consultant for new media, under the brand name, The World Jockey Content Studio. As a writer she has worked for Femina, Outlook, DNA, LIVE IT, Essel Group and Web18. She blogs about brand communications once in a while and loves cinema. This is her first book.
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Filled with staggering and astonishing facts and numbers that question your very understanding of the world around you, fails miserably in keeping it subtle, irrespective of the authors best intentions and her best efforts towards that very goal. The books ends up spewing the facts about this venomous misfortunes that fall on more than half the country's juvenile population. Payal Shah Karwa through several examples and life stories of several influential people and the many astonishing survivors of child sexual abuse and there struggle attempts to bust the myths surrounding this evil.
Understandably the greatest danger to the children of this great nation is the crimes committed against then when they are incapable of understanding it or are too weak to resist such advances. The stories are gruesome, as vulgar and repulsive as the society instills it is yet they happen every day every hour. The books goes on to help people prevent it and lists steps to ensure that the the child is provided with an environment conducive to detect such avails at it's infancy and mediate it effectively. Her stories through its characters strive in inculcate the ability to survive the tragedy and aims to provide a conducive atmosphere to do so.
I recommend this book as an essential read to any parents thinking of bringing an unsuspecting child into this vile world. The book facilitates easy understanding and that is key to mitigate such happenings and it's effective countering. Then again this book is not for the faint of heart who would prefer to live through this world by turning a blind eye towards its stark realities.
Before reading this book, i had never thought that, more than half of the children in our country can be sexually molested and that too with their own family members. This book will leave you shattered till the time you come to a level of accepting it that, yes this can happen to any kid around you. I think the messages that the book gave about opening up and talking , the power of realization, not be treated like survivors but victors was extremely educative. Even though in most part of the book, one would just have a feeling of sorry for all those kids , but in the end , its gives the feeling of fighting back to get the lost peace and the strength . Not that punishing the offender will be the most peaceful act for the victim but at least, telling the world about it and then finding the confidence and courage to bring together your broken pieces inside, is something that this book teaches you at a good level. The author had done an excellent job in writing the book on this subject and that too with so much of real emotions.
All schools should have some workshop to teach the kids and their parents too about the child sex abuse in a way. I believe the emphasis on education on this subject should be equal as to what we have for the actual usual subjects in the school.
I do not say that all parents should be scared reading this book or get over conscious with their kids , but at least they should be educated enough to know about this crime and take preventive actions.
In all the stories mentioned in the book, at least the parents of the kids looked supportive and wanted to give the offender a lesson , but while reading Lata's story, the foremost painful part was that the grandmother and the parents were never able to understand the cry of the little girl. The grandmother character was so unacceptable who in-spite of knowing everything, wanted Lata to keep quite. That was s***. Well, anyway, all of those offenders are real s*** but then the people who support them are no less s*** either.
All of us should read this book and get the real picture of this crime in the country and contribute in any way to make this country a better place to live in, at least for the kids :)
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