Title: The Silent Scream

Subtitle: Sometimes silence speaks louder than words

Author: Siddhartha Garg

Publishers: Rumour Books India

ISBN: 9788192953298

Pages: 158

My review

The Silent Scream by Siddhartha Garg is an eye-opener for the “blinds with eyes”; yes friends, you are reading it correctly. Rape, till date many authors have shared The Silent Screamtheir perspectives on the issue but there still exists a need of literature that educates and guides the young readers about it in good faith. Siddhartha Garg has given a try in this direction with his book titled, The Silent Scream, which highlights a specific crime of its kind – Child Abuse.

I liked the title but found cover page a little shadowy. I would have appreciated provided it was more welcoming instead of being scary and doomed. The subtitle is inviting enough for the primary target audiences and it is worth spending. There is a blurb – sometimes silence speaks louder than words; personally speaking, I found it distracting. This is high time when we should teach the young generation to speak out loud against the heinous act.

Being a sensitive issue, a proper balance was expected in terms of theme, plot, content and language within the words and the author has hit the nail with precision. He chose to cover it in a guidebook format and divides the book into four parts, namely:

Part I: Harshita
Part II: Real Life Cases
Part III: Rape
Part IV: Bibliography and Suggested Readings

Wherein; he dictates the story of a young girl named Harshita who was a victim of child abuse. He details how she fall prey in the hands of a monster and how she and her family take a call. The plot is engaging and EDUCATING at the same time.

He then shifts the focus from fiction to factual findings by providing real life cases at the readers’ disposal. He has hand-picked about ten (10) cases from the past to make the readers understand that the monsters can attack you in any shape or size and at any time behind any face. Stay alert and be cautious!

He then supports the idea by sharing some stark realities about the occurrence of Rape in India and pointers to combat the menace.

Here on, I found the content from page 117 – 155, very much useful and something which should be practically followed. By stating this, I do not mean to state that other pages are less useful. This is one such book that is worthy of a thorough read.

Lastly, he concludes with some suggested readings. There are people, to be precise and specific, learned people who spot ill-deeds such as child abuse in front of their eyes but they turn around with ignorance only to repent later on. The cost of repenting could range from loss of self- confidence to losing one’s precious life! Are you willing to afford such a hefty price for a ridiculous gesture termed – ‘Ignorance’? If not, do get a copy for yourself and for the ones whim you care about.

This book is a MUST pick for school / college libraries and personal collection alike. Other than this, child counselors and psychiatrics will definitely be happy to include this work in their armor. After all, there is no harm in refreshing what all there is that you are well informed about but it stays somewhere in the back of the mind.

About the Book

Child Abuse, one of the many problems that persist in India today, is arguably the filthiest. Of late, we have heard of instances of children being exploited but the most gruesome abuse is child sex abuse. The Silent Scream takes up this issue which people normally turn a blind eye towards. Through the subtlety quoted instances mentioned in this narrative non-fiction we are exposed to the disturbing lives of child predators and their innocent, young unassuming victims.

The Silent Scream is a ready guide to create awareness about this rampantly growing evil with the aim of sensitizing the general public on the ways in which sex abusers operate. A humble effort is also being made to counsel the victims and carry forward the war against this menace so that other innocent souls are saved.

About the Author

Siddhartha Garg is a techie by profession, a woman and child rights activist by passion and an active blogger.

After having published his first book, In Love with Your Friendship, a story of love and friendship and its complications, he now intends to focus on issue-based writing to sensitize the nation on the various problems that plague our society. He believes his writing would be a very potent weapon in his fight against social ills. In this book, he talks about sexual abuse, one of the filthiest crimes that persist within our society.

The Silent Scream targets teenagers, the youth, parents and all the child abuse survivors and acts like a handbook / guidebook to them providing solutions and measures to deal with the hideous crime along with some preventive measures.

His next book, Maya, is a true story that narrates the trials and tribulations of a rape survivor.