• Sushma Ramesh

The Rape Trial by Bidisha Ghosal

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

  1. Book name – The Rape Trial

  2. Author- Bidisha Ghosal

  3. Publishers- Notion Press

  4. Price- 555 INR (paperback), 51 INR(kindle copy)

  5. Available on: Amazon

About the Book:

What do you do when the rapist is someone you know? What do you do when he has been found innocent in the eyes of the law? Rhea, Hitaishi and Amruta’s friendship has been cemented over a lifetime, but now they find themselves struggling to answer these questions together.

Nearly a decade has passed since Rahul Satyabhagi, heir to the mega Satyabhagi business empire, had raped Avni Rambha, bested her in court, and gone on to become a men’s rights activist, and the who’s-who of Badrid Bay had breathed a sigh of relief that the sordid mess was over. But now a sting operation proves what many, the three friends included, had suspected all along – he’d been lying. Furious that he has been exposed, Rahul plans to sue the media as well as his long-suffering victim. Now, Rhea, Hitaishi and Amruta find themselves at a crossroad – can they carry on doing nothing?

DC Virendra Dixit was among those who’d believed that the Rambha rape case had been a ‘false allegation’, but now the sting tape brings him to a case that promises to be a turning point in his career. Just as he thinks he is nearing a resolution, he finds himself at a crossroad of his own.

Rhea, Hitaishi and Amruta have carved out a path that has already affected DC Dixit’s, but do their paths cross? Who is the hunter, and who is the hunted? Can a story of hard questions and difficult choices have an easy resolution?

My take on the book:

‘The rape trail’ by Bidisha Goel is one such book that revolves around how a rape trial takes place in our own country. I would like to applaud the author for taking such a sensitive topic and for narrating a gripping plot! I accept that it was little nagging at first but once it took its place, there was nothing that could stop the narration. And considering it’s her debut novel, she never shied away from giving a brutally honest narration on how influential & powerful people in the society control the country’s Judicial system, police system, and Journalism!

The Author tried her best to narrate the story most realistically and it has definitely made a deep impact on me! It is one such book that at first makes you feel uncomfortable and then gives you enough courage to rebel back and fight. Talking about the characters, I loved how each of the characters had a vital role to play and the friendship between the main leads is really heartwarming. It does seem like a straight up movie plot that has no hurdles and breaks to me but Overall a great story executed well for a young debut author!

My favorite quote from the book:

“it’s the girl who has to constantly answer for herself. Why was she dressed like that, why was she alone, why does she have a boyfriend, and oh-my-god did you hear that she drinks and smoke? She doesn’t get to carry on with her life, no, she has to answer for her behavior. You? You can just say you are a boy, and your part in the saga is completely explained.”

Overall ratings: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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