Review of Rapescars



Author : Gaurav Sharma


Cover photo of Rapescars by Gaurav Sharma


Rape is the case which melts your heart and make you feel lament when you hear the mountain of the pain a girl bears. The girl who has gone through such a trauma will have to face so many complications and botheration in her life. The scratches, lacerations and claw marks are not made only on the body of the victim but also on the soul of the victim which are not healed easily as regular wounds can be healed by applying ointments.


The title of book finely suggests what the book is about i.e. RAPE a sensitive theme which is taken as a fun game by the cruel boys who wants to fulfill their hunger. The cover of the book is depicting the state of a girl who is in trauma and her eyes are narrating the agony which she is holding on.


As the blurb of the book goes: A girl is raped! Her parents insist to report. Police tries to scuttle the case. Her father’s influence works!  Doctor, the fourth man, sees her bare. The defense lawyer encounters with obnoxious questions. As if, she had inveigled the innocent boys. As if, she’s the one accused and her violators are seeking justices against her. She feels and experiences being raped in public again. Her lawyer manages to seek conviction! Akriti wins the case but refuses culprit to have imprisonment.

Why does she do this?

What does she decide then?

Is this the decision of ‘her’ or ‘raped mind’?

RAPESCARS is the voice of a rape survivor who thrives to stand against the violation of her persona.


To trust someone is one thing but to let ourselves bury in that trust is miserable. In the story the protagonist named Akriti trust her beloved and what she gets in return is a bouquet full of sorrow, pain, upheaval, injury and stress. She had been gang raped by her own lover and his two friends. Although she collects up the courage in her and fought against him. As a result she proves her innocence and makes that culprit feel regret for all that he has done.


A girl’s condition after facing such a disaster in life is torpid. She keeps herself detached from her friends, neighbors , family and all the worldly desires. She needs to face the society with the eyes full of doubts and hatred when she had been raped by her own lover. Every now and then while she may be walking outside her home she is hit by a new taunt and questions regarding her character.


The storyline is common. A boy raping his beloved with his friends hurting her sentiments and leaving her in pain is a common theme. The first half of the story goes around on all common situations that generally happen and one may have heard of, but as the second half starts I got quite interested and curious  to know what will happen next. The second half is copacetic as the situations mentioned in the story completely changes the culprit from a sinner to survivor. I really liked the second half of the story.


The author had successfully portrayed his thoughts maintaining a good impact on reader’s mind. The descriptions of all the events are in connection and the story doesn’t rolls on unnecessary facts. I was latched on to the story till the end and completed in forthwith.


The plot of the story is good and one can easily grab the author’s feeling and his intentions regarding rape cases. He had finely described the intentions of the story and what a girl faces when such a dreadful episode is played in her life. The writing style is simple, it will be easy for a neophyte to go through. One can easily complete the book in 3 hours.


A nice read depicting the value of a woman. The message which I learnt as a girl –“You can win over a situation in which you are being demolish, all you need is valor and fearlessness to speak around the world” .I would recommend it to every young boy and girl.


Rating : 4/5


Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

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