I Am 16 I Can Rape Book Review


AUTHOR: Kirtida Gautam



Kirtida Gautam is a clinical Psychologist turned screenplay writer who completed her education from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTI), Pune, India. Her passion for psychology and writing inspired her into writing psychological thrillers. While the readers are reading this introduction, the next thriller is in the making.


Rudransh Kashyap is a self-made billionaire and man of high moral fiber. His life is shattered when he returns home one day to find that his prodigy, his 16-year-old grandson, Arush, has been arrested and accused of a brutal gang rape. It is easy to say, "Kill the Rapist" but what if the accused is your child? This cause takes an unprecedented turn when Arush's identity is made public on social media. Rudransh finds himself living a nightmare as he fights against tremendous odds to get justice for Aarush, to save him and to bring him back home... But what if the unthinkable is true? Can Rudransh save his grandson, or will he end up fighting a different battle altogether?


The cover of the book is attractive and perfectly suits the title and story. Rich juvenile Aarush was an extraordinary grandson to his grandparents, a perfect son to his father, an amazingly charming and loyal person to Pihu, and a genius to rest of the world until and unless his life became a psychological roller coaster ride and things began to change. Kirtida has perfectly described the story in the best way possible. The idea of juggling the chapters was very appealing and something out of the box to me. #IAm16ICanRape is a tribute to Delhi rape case victim, Nirbhaya.

Each and every line of the book seems to be carrying a loop which will lead you towards the unfolding of truth. I myself is a psychology student and not to lie Kirtida has beautifully blended the psychological as well as the political aspect of rape to bring out such an amazing crime thriller. The spirit of the rape victim - Shubhangi Tyagi is an example and inspiration to all the rape victims. The way she fights for justice till the end breaking all the barriers of society is unbelievable and amazing.

Kirtida has beautifully presented the omnipotent points of view in her novel which is one of the most important parts of the story. I hope the book will make every juvenile think before committing any crime and will change the concept of rape in India. The book is a good source of inspiration for one and all. As a girl, I was thoroughly connected to Shubhangi and her fighting spirits.

As an author Kirtida did lots of research on laws and psychological details, which is clearly visible in her work. I suggest each and every person read this book as it is an eye opener from various aspects and also explains the root cause of a highly relevant social cause. It is a MUST READ!

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