9 yrs on, fond memories abound
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.
(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