Noida neighbours remain silent
The Jal Vayu Vihar colony in Noida’s Sector-25 once again courted a herd of media when the judgment was announced. While some people were aware of the frenzy, the residents of the infamous building stayed behind closed doors.
The Jalvayu Vihar colony in Noida’s Sector-25 area once again witnessed a herd of media persons when the judgement on the infamous double murder of thirteen-year-old Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj was announced.
While some people in the colony were aware as to why the media vans and journalists thronged the area, the residents of the building, where the murder had taken place, stayed behind closed doors. Most of the residents chose to stay silent and refused to comment on the case. Even after the verdict, only a handful of them spoke to the media.
As soon as you enter the society gate, the guards even without any question guide you to the ‘Aarushi’ residence.
“Aarushi was a lovely and an innocent child. We can not comment on the court judgement. Their judgement is based on the evidence. All I would like to say is that the killers should be punished. What happened inside their house is not known to anyone,” said Alpana Bhatnagar, a neighbour residing in the adjacent block.
Some residents, who were chatting among themselves at the bus stand waiting to pick up their kids, said it is her father, Rajesh Talwar, who could have killed them as of the four people in the house two were murdered.
“From investigation to the crime, everything was hushed. They might be liberal parents, but how can they not be aware of someone killing their daughter in the adjacent room,” said a senior citizen at the colony.
While the double murder still remains a mystery, most neighbours fondly recall Aarushi as a cute and nice girl.
Saniya Malhotra, a PR professional and one of Rajesh Talwar’s patients, said, “I know the couple since 2005, and they are really kind-hearted people. They were a happy family. He used to say I was like his daughter, as I was of Aarushi’s age. Justice has finally been delivered. Now, the police should reopen the case and arrest the actual culprit.”
This case is still unsolved and remains as mysterious as it was nine years ago. No one knows who killed Aarushi and Hemraj, even today.
—Abhiram, plumber at the Jal Vayu Vihar colony
Talwars deserved to be free because I don’t think parents would kill their children. Aarushi was their only daughter and they lost her.
—Yogesh, the supervisor of workers of Jal Vayu Vihar
The importance of this judgement is that it corrects one of the most gross miscarriages of justice. The only dubious part was how CBI dealt with it.
author of Aarushi
It was emotionally draining for me to see my daughter behind the bars for something she has not done. I am grateful to god and judiciary.
—BG Chitnis, grandfather (former IAF captain)
The judgement has come as a relief for all who have watched the couple suffer. We are thankful to judiciary for bringing an end to the injustice.