SCARRED | RIDDHIKA JAIN | BOOK REVIEW

Book- Scarred

Author- Riddhika Jian

TRIGGER WARNING- THE STORY DEALS WITH SUICIDAL THOUGHTS, EVERY KIND OF ABUSE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

This book talks about some major truths of our society. The sins which are sheltered and nurtured in the name of what people will think. But doesn’t our own life, own happiness be kept over what people or society think?

Scarred is not just story of Janvi Gupta but of every other person who is pushed into forced marriages, go through marital rape everyday, punished for liking people of the same sex or gender and are asked to hide their original identity fearing what will people think.

Do you know marital rape is not a criminal offence in India till now? The victim has to go through the route of domestic violence law to get justice for marital rape. India is one of the 36 countries where marital rape is still legal. Imagine, a person can force their legally married partner into sexual activities and get away with it and the victim has to stay with that person under the same roof. Ironically, beating up your married partner may land you in jail but raping them will not.

Scarred also talks about the struggles the LGTBQ+ community is still facing in our so called society, how they are treated, still not accepted by many, even their families and that too after the Honorable Supreme Court’s verdict on 377.

I liked how the author has tried to write Janvi’s story. The writing style kept me gripped but the second half of the book felt very fast paced which I somewhat disliked. The ending of the story was really unexpected and felt abrupt. I really want to applaud the author for writing her book on this theme again. Her first book was Detention which was also a LGBTQ+ story.

Overall, this book was a good read for me.

MY RATING-3.5/5

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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