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A fierce, captivating and raw book that you should definitely read.
Reviewed in India on 24 February 2020
When you come across a book that deals with sensitive issues like rape and rape culture and talks about the flawed power structure of society, it's bound to stir up conversations. It's bound to make you acknowledge the existence of the grey space that exists between all that is black and white, it's bound to make you question the integrity of the very system that our law is based upon but most importantly it's bound to reflect the suppressed feelings of victims and make you listen to the screams of anguish and their pleas for justice.
All this is bound to happen if the book in question is bold in it's narrative and doesn't shy away from showing the dark side of the society that we often turn blind eye to, no matter what the reason. We, as a society, feel enraged and heartbroken for the victims of assault. We protest. We resist. We light candles and then after sometime the flame turns blue and gets extinguished completely. The candle stays, waiting for another time it would lit it up and then it happens, we see it on our tv screens. Another woman, another child, another victim and the cycle starts all over again. Where does it end? How many candles does it take to burn down the gates of hell all these victims go through? I don't have an answer to that even though I wish I did.
The rape trial is a fierce book that stirs up the feelings of pain and anger in you with the honest and raw narrative. The author doesn't shy away from making you uncomfortable with the descriptions of unimaginable horror but I wouldn't expect anything less from a book that talks about a crime as heinous as rape.
The morality of the characters could be questioned but the times we live in, no one can be called noble. Some people are the worst while some are just borderline bad and it doesn't take a genius to figure out which one to choose when given a chance.
The inner turmoil that one goes through knowing that someone they knew or thought they knew is a rapist is depicted in a sensible way. The choice of not being a mute spectator and taking it upon themselves to reveal the true face of the culprit is inspiring. I've seen so many people making excuses for people who have been accused of assault, I've seen women defending rapists saying the men in question is a nice person, I've seen fans supporting their idol who had been to a rape trial. The men in power have that privilege to come clean and everyone who worships them immediately jumps to their rescue and start blaming the victim. It's skewed, the way the society works and I am so glad the author chose to show the double standards of society.
Everything about this book is raw and brutal in a way that gives you goosebumps one minute and makes you scream the next.
The representation, the court room discussion, the victim shaming, the culprit getting away and making rape jokes, the fight for justice; Everything in this book is going to make you feel uncomfortable but for all the right reasons.
You should be uncomfortable. You should not feel okay with the events that happen in the book or the ones that happen in real life. You shouldn't accept this as the norm and that's the entire point because these cases of assault keep happening. As you're reading this, another victim cries in pain and I dare say that the candles will perish but we shall keep the blaze alive. We shall keep resisting. We shall keep fighting until we don't have to anymore.