Pinki Virani. A book that challenges our notions of family honour and morality Sometime, somewhere, the conspiracy of silence around Child Sexual Abuse CSA in Indian homes had to be shattered. This path-breaking book"the first of its kind in the country and subcontinent"attempts to give that sexually abused child a powerful voice. It provides damning disclosures about men, and some women, in middle and upper-class families who sexually abuse their children, then silence them into submission. Based on studies, reports and investigation, this book reveals that a minimum of twenty per cent of girls and boys under the age of sixteen are regularly being sexually abused; half of them in their own homes, by adults who have the child's trust.
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It provides damning disclosures about men, and some w A book that challenges our notions of family honour and morality. It provides damning disclosures about men, and some women, in middle and upper-class families who sexually abuse their children, then silence them into submission. In Bitter Chocolate, journalist and best-selling author Pinki Virani travels across the country to record the testimonies of the police, doctors, child psychologists, mental health professionals, social workers, lawyers and the traumatized victims themselves.
The book opens with an account—brave and devoid of self-pity—of the author's own experience. Going beyond blaming, Pinki Virani then proceeds with her insightful analysis of the issue in three notebooks. The first spells out what constitutes CSA, why and how this happens, its devastating after-effects which haunt the victims as they grow into adulthood.
The second notebook describes these effects through two real-life stories of women who were betrayed as children by men of their family. The third provides practical solutions on how to counter CSA, including a framework involving the law, the parent and their child.
A special chapter addresses adults who have never before disclosed their sexual abuse as children. Plus: a nationally coordinated helpline. Accessible yet comprehensive, Bitter Chocolate is written for the young parent and guardian, principal and teacher, judge and police, lawyer and public prosecutor, teenager and tomorrow's citizen. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 27th by Penguin India first published April More Details Original Title.
Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bitter Chocolate , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Nov 21, Sonny Sweatt rated it it was amazing. When I looked at the majority of other people's ratings for this book, I am not surprised.
Most people rate this book with a 1 or 2 out of 5. Which, to me, makes perfect sense. This book is extremely painful to read. When I read it I was living in India and it made it that much harder to believe and relate to everyday experience.
I remember reading this book and physically hurting when doing so. My legs and hands would go numb. Did I enjoy this book? Absolutely not. Reading it was hell. Do I rec When I looked at the majority of other people's ratings for this book, I am not surprised. Do I recommend this book?
Most definitely. Though it was not fun or enjoyable to read by any means, it is almost necessary. So, though I hate this book, I love it also. Jun 02, Jonathan rated it liked it. Depressing look at the horrific face of child sex abuse in India. The book is sometimes hurt by the bitter, sarcastic tone of the author who is still dealing with her own related horrors , but the need for such an open look at such a horrid problem overcomes those faults. Jun 10, Marcy rated it it was ok.
I wish I could give this book more stars because I think it is an important one and, unfortunately, it is the only book on the market that deals with child sexual abuse in India. The first part of the book I thought was quite good--especially the variety of case studies.
But then there was just too much of Virani's own experience embedded throughout the text. And far too much liberty taken with the English language for a nonfiction book. However, the thing that I found the most troubling was the I wish I could give this book more stars because I think it is an important one and, unfortunately, it is the only book on the market that deals with child sexual abuse in India.
However, the thing that I found the most troubling was the way she dealt with homosexuality. It seems as though the author equates male-male or female-female child sexual abuse with homosexuality, something she does not do in relation to heterosexuality.
There is of course substantial evidence that one's sexuality has nothing to do with their propensity to sexually abuse children. That seems to me to be quite an egregious error in this book, one that should be corrected in future editions.
May 11, Marina rated it really liked it Shelves: i-owned-a-copy , , english , bigbadwolf , challenge-new-author , abuse , non-fiction , adult , novels , owlsreadathon I should finish this books for my Charms subject in OWLsReadathon but unfortunately i can't finish this piece on time in April You know what happen with my reading slump in Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream by Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra is When i finished read this books i fell disgusted with man in India who molested their own child or their own relatives boy or girl in such young age.
How come daddy? I read this books frustatingly. I try to ignore the fact but i can't. The books told everything. It really disgust me what are they doing to their biy and girl? It is no jokes here. I still remembered clearly that one of my freinds is going to India and using public bus and suddenly old man grabbed her thigh. I can imagine the children In India can't do anything when they being sexually abused :' The Law in India also giving more benefits to the culprit not to the victims :' This books is really interesting and i will try looking for any update edition since it published in around and revised in I wonder is there any changes in 6 years for Child Sexual abuse in India?
Is the law getting protect the children or not? Jul 06, Kripa Jayakumar rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. This is the unspoken truth about Sexual abuse in India. We are part of an age old ancestry,culture and heritage, that people don't speak up in fear of being judged and mocked at. Honestly I can't imagine the amount of incest cases that are blatantly strewn across ,that the Indian law and order purposely turn a blind eye upon. My heart goes out to each victim.
Personally I am happy I came across this book, because this is a book that will help me create a better understanding about Sexual assault This is the unspoken truth about Sexual abuse in India. Personally I am happy I came across this book, because this is a book that will help me create a better understanding about Sexual assault to the future generation as a parent. That being said, every mother should read this because it is in their hands how their children will grow up And how these grownups will directly affect the world we create for them.
May 13, Sindhu rated it really liked it. Every parent, read this book. It left a bitter taste in my mouth, but it was necessary. Actually, everyone in the country should read this book.
My 24 year old neighbour, who's getting married next year and saw the book in ny hand and said, "what a boring topic! We are breeding incessantly and we are breaking our children.
Please let's stop. Let's fight this today.
Pinki Virani's 'Bitter Chocolate' is a chilling must-read for parents
Jump to navigation. This book is the first of its kind in India. Pinki Virani has startlingly merged facts and figures, research and analysis with real-life cases of child sexual abuse to break the silence on this criminal activity that we - as a society have - not had the courage to combat. This "faction" fact and fiction provides an exhaustive account of what we should all know about child abuse - what it is, how we can detect it, what it can lead to, how we can prevent it and, painfully but necessarily, how we can deal with it when it happens. And happen it does.
Bitter Chocolate: Child Sexual Abuse In India
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