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Aarushi Talwar,Aarushi-hemraj murder case,Rajesh Talwar with the fact that their long wait for justice has ended with life sentences for the Talwar couple. The murder of the family's sole bread winner Yam Prasad Banjade (also known as Hemraj) . General Knowledge Quiz: Can You Score Over 30?. Hemraj Banjade was murdered along with Aarushi Talwar in May the Allahabad HC order that acquitted the dentist couple last week. Seventeen months in jail have diminished the Talwar couple, but . and Nupur Talwar found guilty of murdering Aarushi and Hemraj and.
Rajesh could not tolerate this even though his character was not good. Indian media, which combines British tabloid sensibility with U. Both her parents have been charged with murder and conspiracy. Her father is also charged with destruction of evidence.
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They are free on bail, facing trial. For a long time, I could not comprehend what was happening. But after my cousin was jailed last spring, I knew I had to go to Delhi. I had grown up in India and had worked there as a journalist before moving to Canada. This is not a story of grief or loss, although a child was murdered. It is not a story of helplessness, although it pits one family against their country. It is a story of two people on trial for murder with a questionable motive, no proven murder weapon and evidence that even investigators admit has holes.
Two people who lost their daughter, lost their happiness and lost their naive illusions about their homeland. This is a story of betrayal. May 15 was the second-last day of classes at Delhi Public School before it closed for the summer. Aarushi and her friends were discussing her birthday sleepover that weekend, prank calls and boys. She was in the middle of a break-up with a boyfriend of one month, a boy she had met for lunch and movies.
Her parents knew about him and some of her friends envied the family openness. She was a huge fan of Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan. He took a phone call at 8 on his cell phone. Dinner was at 9: Afterward, Aarushi went to her room. Her parents followed with an early birthday surprise: Click, click, click, the last one taken at It was typically hot for May, around 45C.
Air conditioners were on in both bedrooms. A police report would later note Rajesh sent an email to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry at The doorbell woke Nupur and Rajesh at about 6 a. Hemraj usually let in the maid but a groggy Nupur had to answer the front door. Nupur tried his cell phone. No one answered and the ringing stopped abruptly.
When she called again, the phone had been switched off. Rajesh came into the living room.
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He was surprised to see a near-empty whisky bottle on the dining table. Surprise turned to alarm. They rushed into her bedroom. There she lay in her blue pyjamas, covered by a sheet, the schoolbag on her face.
Underneath, her head turned to one side, a necklace of blood. Those first few days are a blur for Rajesh and Nupur. They die a little every day. The media gathered by 8, drawn to a story about murder in an affluent neighbourhood. Hemraj, still missing, was the prime suspect. Police did not cordon off the crime scene. A neighbour testified later that he had pointed out the blood to a policeman, who mused about the door being an escape route.
The key could not be found and police did not break open the door. A post-mortem was conducted by noon. The doctor said there was no sign of it, but that the vaginal discharge would be tested. The body was brought home and laid on ice slabs in the living room. A large piece of the mattress had been cut out and sent to a forensics lab along with the pillow, bedsheet and clothes.
When cleaners took the mattress to the terrace, it dripped blood on the stairs. Family elders pushed for cremation, saying it would give the parents closure. Dinesh reconfirmed that police did not need the body for further examination. Aarushi was cremated around 5 p. The wood pyre burned through the night. The ashes would be collected the next day in a hand-stitched cloth bag and immersed in the holy Ganges River.
My aunt and my uncle had, through travel, broadened their outlook and embraced cosmopolitan values. Nupur was my cool cousin who spent the first few years of her life in England, where her father, an Indian Air Force officer, was posted at the High Commission in London.
I call her Nupur didi — a respectful address for an older sister. Nupur was shy but academically brilliant. In the mids, when she brought home fellow dental school student Rajesh Talwar, a Punjabi, there was no hue and cry at home. As with cross-racial partnerships in Canada, marrying outside the community is still rare in India.
But Nupur had not been exposed to orthodoxy. She had never been expected to serve elders and men in the family before feeding herself. Rajesh and Nupur were married in Nupur moved from Delhi to suburban Noida so her parents could help with the baby. While Nupur was busy building her career, her mother fed Aarushi, soothed her, played with her, taught her.
And when Aarushi was older, she stayed with her grandparents after school, until her parents were done with their patients. Aarushi was a picky eater, my aunt, a fabulous cook.
My aunt is a gentle soul, given to putting family ahead of herself, fretting and feeding everyone. When she talks, it is with a smile playing about her lips. That smile is all but gone. Among them was retired police officer K.
He had a slit mark on his throat and many injury marks on his body. His body was severely decomposed. A chunk of the wall was removed and sent to a forensics lab. Police photographed a bloody shoe print on the terrace. It also noted abrasions to his elbows.
Every development, every twist, was covered by the media. National talk shows dissected the case. Police were usually anonymously quoted. TV networks hired private investigators. The media hammered away with questions. How could the parents have slept through the murders? Why did they rush to cremate Aarushi? Why did they clean the crime scene so quickly? The house was rich with evidence. But police missed the dead body on the roof. They were unable to identify fingerprints on the whisky bottle, which had been found with the blood of Aarushi and Hemraj.
But the tone of investigation changed. Did it involve adults?
Why would she not want you there? After he accused Rajesh of an extra-marital affair, Gurdarshan Singh said that Rajesh had gone out at around 9: No evidence was presented. The character assassination of Aarushi sparked outrage. Her schoolmates rallied at a candlelit protest in Delhi. Says her classmate Rajeshwari: She had a beautiful relationship with her parents.
She had lots of friends. She had no reason to look for affection elsewhere. The child is not even there to defend herself. A month later, the inspector-general was transferred. Two months after that, he was transferred back. Three years later, he was promoted to additional director-general. She remembers sitting at a studio but not much else. She spoke coherently and was devoid of emotion. To viewers, her stony face was damning evidence of guilt. Aarushi had been dead 10 days and Rajesh arrested for three when Nupur broke out of her emotional paralysis.
Our cousin Smita, a meditation trainer at a spiritual group called the Art of Livinghelped unlock her feelings. It was a tremendous outpouring of pain and grief and lasted 45 minutes before it subsided into normal tears. I just let her be. Chitnis, 80, is a decorated war veteran of the Indian Air Force. When Nupur was born, my uncle was away fighting the India-Pakistan War of He recalls rolling into Punjab on the way to Pakistan and the soldiers being hailed as heroes, being plied with rotis and other food.
We had hopes of a country that would be united and strong. Today, my uncle is a shell of his former self, his strong voice the only clue to his once-arresting persona. He and my aunt attend every court proceeding. He draws strength from his near-death experiences in war. That gives courage to a person, ultimately. I wish I was not born in this country.
For months, media feasted on leaks from unnamed police sources. As the whispers grew louder, the well-to-do professionals morphed into extravagantly wealthy deviants who, if allowed, would buy their way out of murder. The murderer, of course, was the father. That Aarushi and Hemraj had been in her bedroom that night.
There was no evidence of a relationship. There had never been a rumour in the neighbourhood. Who planted the idea? A man in his early 20s. Its initial mandate to investigate federal government corruption expanded to include murders, kidnappings and terrorism. A special crimes division was set up in Today it is the national investigative agency. Kumar was no stranger to high-profile cases. Inhe had been involved in a shootout in Calcutta that ended with four gangsters killed. So Kumar turned to polygraph lie-detector and brain-mapping tests and narco-analysis — administering the so-called truth serum.
These tests analyze people in three states — conscious, semi-conscious and unconscious. Two years later, the Supreme Court of India would rule them unconstitutional but it would let investigators use these tests for leads. Rajesh and Nupur took two lie-detector and one brain-mapping tests. None showed evidence of deception. Nothing could be heard in their bedroom. The CBI found no evidence that Hemraj had been killed in the house.
The agency turned its attention to Krishna.
He was the only one who had told state police Rajesh was having an extra-marital affair and that Hemraj and Aarushi were somehow involved. As well, after Nupur tried calling Hemraj on the morning after the murder, tracking technology showed the phone had been in the cluster of flats where the Talwars lived. Krishna lived there, too. The CBI gave Krishna polygraph and brain-mapping tests.
Investigators searched his house and took a pillow cover, a blood-stained kukri and trousers. The pillow cover would later prove to be crucial evidence. Rajesh was still in jail on July 11, when Arun Kumar held a press conference. The Talwars were sentenced to life in prison. From the beginning, there were doubts about the way the investigations were conductedfirst by the local police and then by federal detectives belonging to the Central Bureau of Investigation CBI - it was "haphazard, absurd and defamatory" and worsened by the "administrative dystopia" of Uttar Pradesh, wrote British writer Patrick French, who was a patient of Rajesh Talwar.
Puzzling Now an explosive new book by journalist Avirook Sen claims that the conviction of the couple may have been a gross miscarriage of justice.
Sen conducted some interviews with investigators, lawyers, witnesses, family and the schoolgirl's friends, attended the trial and had his material vetted by lawyers. His book - Aarushi - is a gripping account of the crime, an allegedly slipshod investigation and a puzzling trial.
At the heart of the book is a botched inquiry where some crucial evidence pointing to the possible involvement of an outsider in the double murders was recorded by the early investigators - but strangely ignored by the court. The police, says Sen, then served up a tantalising narrative conflating sex, honour and class to implicate the couple: Image copyright AP Image caption The Talwars accused the police of mishandling the case Image copyright other Image caption The Talwar family in happier times Except, Sen's book claims, there was no evidence to prove any of this.
Seventeen months in jail have diminished the Talwar couple, but prison life has become the new normal. Her husband has been provided with a dentist's chair and modern dental equipment - "better than the equipment you get outside," he says - and there's a queue of inmates getting their molars removed and fillings done.
His wife, who lives in a ward with women convicted in dowry murders, joins him for a few hours every day. Both read and meditate to pass time. Rajesh Talwar says he has finished reading most of Amitav Ghoshand he's now in the middle of his new book, River of Smoke.
I would like to meet him one day," he says. That could only happen in the foreseeable future if a higher court upholds their appeal and suspends the sentence.
There's a small, potentially life-destroying problem though: But nobody ever came," says Rajesh Talwar. Lewd narrative What hurts most, he says, is the way their dead daughter was vilified by the police and sections of the media. The police leaked Aarushi's text messages, social media posts, an email to her father in which she apologises for something he didn't approve of.
Even as the investigation began, a senior police official told reporters that Aarushi was "characterless".
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A lewd narrative of a promiscuous "latchkey" child of fast-living parents who had an illicit relationship with a house-help was spun around these tropes, something which Sen describes as "getting a story in place first, and then facts could be made to follow". All the allegations against her should end before I die. That's what I live for. The teenager's new camera was sent to a lab which did not have the facility to retrieve deleted pictures.
An investigator said there was "no procedure of collecting" vaginal swabs for examination in Uttar Pradesh, where more than million people live.
A constable who lifts fingerprints and takes pictures at the crime scene appears to have lost his memory when cross-examined by the defence lawyers in the court four years later. He also tells the court he used a "black powder" to lift the prints.