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Friday, 4 October 2013

Crimes Against Women - Book Review

This book brings together three gripping stories told sensitively, emotionally and all set in 21st century India. The first story is that of a catholic nun, sister Valsa, who is brutally murdered when she falls prey to the hands of men who do not want her interference in tribal issues and want to reap better economic benefits. Another motive for her murder is when Valsa tries to get justice for her friend who was raped in her village.The second story is about the exploitation of women and we read many horrifying accounts of prostitution. Baby Falaks condition at the hospital brings tears to our eyes. The whole nation mourns baby Falaks death and the authors Krishna Pokharal and Paul Beckett and the staff of the Wall Street Journal throw light to the fact that inefficiency of our social institution failed to save the baby at the time of need. The rape of the physiotherapy student, Nirbhaya, shows what a bunch of uneducated drunken fellows can do. The description of the rape chills the bone and it feels like we are witnessing it with our own eyes.

Despite the economic boom and the empowerment of women, we see that women are still in the lower strata of society trampled by their male counter parts. Through the power of the pen, the authors Krishna Pokharal and Paul Beckett hoped that there will some sort of awakening in the masses and more equality among the genders in future generations.

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