A Baf­fling Mys­tery

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Apro­pos to Tal­wars did not mur­der Arushi Tal­war:

Al­la­habad High Court (Novem­ber), the den­tist cou­ple from Noida, Ra­jesh and Nupur Tal­war serv­ing a life sen­tence awarded to them for the mur­ders of their teenage daugh­ter Arushi and a do­mes­tic help Khem­raj would have heaved a long sigh of re­lief after the Al­la­habad High Court found lit­tle merit in the CBI’s find­ings against them and ex­on­er­ated them of all charges. A sen­sa­tional case which wit­nessed sev­eral twists and turns and also shocked the na­tion’s con­science was to­tally vi­ti­ated by a me­dia trial with the vis­ual me­dia like a pack of wild dogs tear­ing into the Tal­wars, brand­ing them as vile and heart­less mur­der­ers, vil­i­fy­ing them and por­tray­ing them in sev­eral shades of black, all with­out a shred of ev­i­dence to sup­port their claims. The Tal­wars took a lie de­tec­tor test and came out un­scathed while the three do­mes­tic helps who were also ini­tial sus­pects failed the test. Even­tu­ally the session’s court de­cided that there were no in­trud­ers that fa­tal night and the two sur­vivors only could have mur­dered the other two res­i­dents, the girl and the do­mes­tic help. The Al­la­habad High Court in its wis­dom and an in depth anal­y­sis of the case in its en­tirety has found that there was no con­clu­sive ev­i­dence against the par­ents and set them free. Ear­lier when the CBI wanted to close the case, the Tal­wars moved the court plead­ing that it should be fur­ther in­ves­ti­gated which in it­self was a clear sign that they could not be in­volved. So who killed the two in­no­cent peo­ple? We might never get to know. But the du­bi­ous role played by a turbo charged me­dia will ran­kle for long.

— C.V. Aravind

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