20 October, 2020

A Horror Album

This book is not for the faint-hearted. If you insist, prepare yourself for rape, murder, and incest—of girls and women between the ages of 10 and 75.

T. Narayan
A Horror Album
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This book is not for the faint-hearted. If you insist, prepare yourself for rape, murder, and incest—of girls and women between the ages of 10 and 75. Syeda Hameed has used faction (mixture of fact and fiction) to narrate their stories. Her first-person style is compelling and leaves the hair on the skin standing.

The stories are real and culled from the cases that were brought before the National Commission for Women (NCW), an apex body created by Parliament, of which Syeda was a member from 1996-2000.

Syeda and her colleagues investigated the cases, wrote reports, forwarded them to the relevant authorities and waited for justice to be done. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, despite the press coverage, demonstrations, outrage from well-meaning people, not much happened. The long arm of the government all too often fell woefully short.

Syeda’s stories raise questions that most well-thinking people in and outside India ask: what will it take to change this? Change agents in India believe that policies and law can change things. But, the pace of change is...

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