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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 bookthe first of its kind in the country and subcontinentattempts 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. 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 accountbrave and devoid of self-pityof 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.
About the Author: Pinki Virani's works encompass gender and sexual aggression as also the politico-social violence being wrought on the vulnerable. With four books which are as much a weathervane to the contemporary history, sociology and cruelties of a country, her fifth broadens literature's scope to present a global-first in publishing: Politics Of The Womb - The Perils Of Ivf, Surrogacy & Modified Babies. This book is a meticulously detailed work on the hormonal-medical violence only to force artificial reproduction.

The Author's activism also leads to landmark legislation. Her campaigning for human dignity and individual rights has brought laws for the most powerless times in a person's life: during sexual assault, in the beginning as a child, at the end as an irreversibly-ill patient.

Bitter Chocolate: Child Sexual Abuse in India roused a collective conscience on this crime upon children and assisted in the law protecting them from sexual abuse [POCSO Act].

Aruna's Story: The True Story Of A Rape And Its Aftermath is the book with which the Author catalysed the law on Passive Euthanasia. The historic judgement-law was delivered by the Supreme Court of India in 2011. In 2016, Government of India began consultations with a view towards ratification through Parliament.

In 2011, for the first time in India, the Supreme Court judgement recognized Persistent Vegetative State as a valid medical condition; therefore, a legal one. There being a legal gap between 'attempt to murder' and 'murder', Pinki Virani pushed for the inclusion of PVS. India's strengthened anti-rape law now includes PVS with the perpetrator who puts the victim in a vegetative state before, during or after sexual assault being on par with a murderer.

The Public Service Broadcasting Trust documentary on the Passive Euthanasia Law was premiered on India's national television network, Doordarshan. It is now available free for viewing on YouTube titled Passive Euthanasia: Kahani Karuna Ki

Another first to the Author's credit is the genre-bending book first released in 1999 which continues to be read by sociology students and secularists. This book, Once Was Bombay was cited by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his speech on collapsing cities.

Deaf Heaven, Pinki Virani's first work of fiction, was hailed by late eminent litterateur Khushwant Singh, "Ingeniously structured in its style of story-telling; a book which is profound and profane, all at once."

Pinki Virani began working as a typist at age 18. In journalism she rose from reporter to India's first woman editor of an eveninger. Her husband and she have chosen to be childfree.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780140298970
  • Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Sub Title: Child Sexual Abuse in India
  • Width: 127 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0140298975
  • Publisher Date: 31 Aug 2000
  • Height: 198 mm
  • No of Pages: 248
  • Spine Width: 20 mm
  • Weight: 186 gr


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