Neigh­bours un­happy with me­dia, say will wel­come the cou­ple back

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTSPOTLIGHT - Vaib­hav Jha vaib­hav.jha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NOIDA: More than nine years af­ter the sen­sa­tional dou­ble mur­der of Aarushi Tal­war and Hem­raj Ban­jade in Jal­vayu Vi­har, Noida, the so­ci­ety gears up to wel­come back Ra­jesh Tal­war and Nupur Tal­war, af­ter the high court ver­dict.

Since the ver­dict, peo­ple are de­lib­er­at­ing over the prospect that the cou­ple might want to re­turn to their L-block flat.

The Tal­war cou­ple has still not sold their flat and it is cur­rently oc­cu­pied by ten­ants.

DP Goyal, the chair­man of the Res­i­dents Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion (RWA) of Jal­vayu Vi­har says that the so­ci­ety will wel­come the Tal­war cou­ple if they wish to re­turn.“we will even hold a pub­lic meet­ing with them when­ever they wish to re­turn. When they were res­i­dents, they were an ideal, good cou­ple in­volved in so­cial work. I would re­frain from com­ment­ing on the HC ver­dict, but the cou­ple is most wel­come,” said Goyal.

“I be­lieve that the fa­ther did not com­mit the mur­ders. Po­lice’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion was hor­ri­ble and there were too many loop­holes in the case,” said Naren­dra Mo­han, an­other res­i­dent.

Af­ter court an­nounced its ver­dict , the lo­cal­ity was abuzz with re­porters. But not many res­i­dents chose to ap­pear in front of the cam­eras or speak to the press.

A vet­eran jour­nal­ist cover­ing the Aarushi case from eight years ex­plained on the con­di­tion of ano- nymity: “Many in the so­ci­ety had con­sid­ered the Tal­war cou­ple in­no­cent and since the case has re­ceived such me­dia spot­light, they partly blame the me­dia for cre­at­ing the nar­ra­tive of hon­our killing. That is why no one is will­ing to speak up.”

When this HT cor­re­spon­dent got hold of an eight-year-old re­port writ­ten by an­other cor­re­spon­dent for the news­pa­per, it was found that many res­i­dents then had openly vouched for the Tal­war cou­ple’s in­no­cence.

RP Bhowmick, a res­i­dent of the same build­ing had then com­mented, “Po­lice are just com­ing out with base­less the­o­ries. But, the po­lice ver­sion is con­sid­ered fi­nal, and no one else has the lib­erty to say any­thing.”

Many sim­i­lar state­ments were ac­cessed by HT where peo­ple were crit­i­cal of po­lice’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion and me­dia’s nar­ra­tive.

How­ever, the CBI lower court’s ver­dict had changed the same strong state­ments of neigh­bours to dis­be­lief as peo­ple started to pon­der whether the den­tist cou­ple had ac­tu­ally mur­dered their own daugh­ter.

A few rec­ol­lect the morn­ing when Aarushi’s body was found. One of them is a “press-wal­lah” who irons clothes at the en­trance gate of the L Block build­ing.

“I was study­ing in school when this case hap­pened. Af­ter the mur­ders, all we saw was TV chan­nels flock­ing our so­ci­ety. Even till this date, only the me­dia is both­ered about the case,” said Ankit.

MEGHNA GULZAR, Di­rec­tor of the 2015 movie ‘Tal­var’

HT FILE

Not many res­i­dents chose to speak to the press.

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