MUR­DERS UN­SOLVED

9 yrs on, fond mem­o­ries abound

DNA (Delhi) - - NEWS - Vatsala Shrangi vatsala.shrangi@dnain­dia.net

Nine years af­ter 13-year-old Aarushi Tal­war was found mur­dered, with her throat slit, along with her do­mes­tic help Hem­raj at her apart­ment in Noida’s L-block Jal Vayu Vi­har, fam­ily and friends on Thurs­day re­mem­bered her as a ‘bright and bub­bly’ teenager, in love with life.

The Al­la­habad High Court in Ghazi­abad on Thurs­day ac­quit­ted the Tal­wars, Aarushi’s par­ents, who were ac­cused of com­mit­ting the dou­ble mur­ders.

Shar­ing fond mem­o­ries of his grand-daugh­ter, BG Chit­nis, a for­mer group cap­tain in the In­dian Air Force told DNA, “Aarushi was a very af­fec­tion­ate child. Al­ways bub­bly. I re­mem­ber the last time I spoke to her on the phone she was very ex­cited about her 14th birth­day ap­proach­ing. She would talk about it all the time. She told me: ‘Nanaji apko aana hi hai

(Nanaji you have to come) I won’t take your ex­cuses this time around’.”

The fam­ily, Chit­nis said, re­mem­bers her all the time and on ev­ery birth­day, spe­cial prayers are of­fered for her to rest in peace.

Mov­ing from par­ents to her teach­ers, Nina Sehgal, for­mer Prin­ci­pal Delhi Pub­lic School, Noida Sec­tor 30,

Nine years have gone by, and ev­ery day we miss Aarushi and think of her or how she would have re­acted to sit­u­a­tions.

a close friend of Aarushi from her school

who was there when Aarushi was study­ing, said, “As far as I know, Aarushi was a very happy and lively girl. It’s dif­fi­cult to be­lieve that she could have com­mit­ted sui­cide. What­ever hap­pened was re­ally un­for­tu­nate.”

Sim­i­larly, an­other fam­ily friend of the Tal­wars’, Rad­hika Chad­dha rec­ol­lected her last mem­o­ries of Aarushi, when they watched Char­lie

and the Choco­late Fac­tory to­gether. “We are very close to the Tal­war fam­ily. We would go out to­gether for din­ners and out­ings. A few weeks be­fore the in­ci­dent we had gone out along with my daugh­ter to watch the movie. I re­mem­ber her as a very gen­tle, happy young girl. This was the sad­dest thing on earth that hap­pened to the fam­ily,” said Chad­dha.

Her friends and class­mates who are still griev­ing, said, noth­ing has changed even af­ter nine years as Aarushi is con­stantly in their thoughts. “Nine years have gone by, and ev­ery day we miss Aarushi and think of her or how she would have re­acted to sit­u­a­tions,” said one of her close friends, who did not wish to be named.

She re­mem­bered Aarushi as an all rounder, adding that Aarushi was the only one in their group to hold a ‘blue blazer’ — a ti­tle given to stu­dents who score over 85 per cent for three years in a row.

—SIDHARTH SHANKAR

(Clock­wise from top) An illustration of Aarushi Tal­war —DNA ; a file photo of Aarushi’s par­ents — Nupur Tal­war and Ra­jesh Tal­war —PTI; a pic­ture of Aarushi memo­rial tree; the Tal­wars’ flat in Jal­vayu Vi­har, Noida from out­side

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