Jus­tice De­layed, Not De­nied

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The Tal­wars had the re­sources to em­ploy some of the best lawyers to prove their in­no­cence in court. Spare a thought for those poor peo­ple who are lan­guish­ing in prison due to an er­ror-rid­dled crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem. Af­ter four years of rot­ting in jail for a crime they didn’t com­mit, Ra­jesh and Nupur Tal­war will fi­nally walk to their free­dom.

The Ghazi­abad trial court ver­dict, which was widely viewed as a trav­esty of jus­tice, was over­turned by the Al­la­habad High Court that found no merit in the ‘in­con­tro­vert­ible’ ev­i­dence fur­nished by the CBI. The in­ves­ti­ga­tions, car­ried out in a cav­a­lier man­ner (first by the UP po­lice, and then the CBI), and a trial by the me­dia had al­most sealed the fate of the par­ents who had to bear the trauma of los­ing their only child. Aarushi Tal­war was just shy of turn­ing 14 when she was found in a pool of blood, blud­geoned to death, her throat sliced by a knife, in 2008, in her room in Noida. What fol­lowed would have qual­i­fied for a grand farce had it not been a macabre mur­der feed­ing into a prime-time frenzy, where char­ac­ter as­sas­si­na­tions and sala­cious de­tails were bandied about.

The CBI’s con­duct – swing­ing between two ex­tremes with the change in guard – was baf­fling. At one point, it was not so much about find­ing Aarushi’s killers but car­ry­ing out a witch-hunt to pin the blame on her par­ents. No won­der, the premier agency’s ‘wa­ter­tight’ case failed to stand up to ju­di­cial scru­tiny. Aarushi’s killers are still out in the open, and that’s truly dis­turb­ing.

There is no ir­re­sistible con­clu­sion that the ac­cused com­mit­ted the mur­ders... only cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence.

Al­la­habad High Court

This is a per­sonal vic­tory for me. I be­lieve that I have done all I could to re­store the fam­ily’s and the girl’s hon­our.

Ad­vo­cate Tan­veer Mir

I have seen the cou­ple suf­fer­ing. It has been re­ally test­ing. I am emo­tion­ally drained.

BG Chit­nis, Nupur Tal­war’s fa­ther

File photo of Nupur and Ra­jesh Tal­war, who were ac­cused of mur­der­ing their daugh­ter Aarushi (right), in 2008

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