‘The past 9 years were emo­tion­ally drain­ing... We can now move for­ward’

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Ht Spotlight -

NEW DELHI: At a flat Azad Apart­ment in south Delhi, the Tal­war fam­ily fol­lowed the news closely await­ing the fate of Aarushi’s par­ents, Ra­jesh and Nupur. It was at this flat that the cou­ple had moved to af­ter the mur­der, till their ar­rest in 2013 af­ter be­ing con­victed by a spe­cial CBI court.

As re­porters stood out­side the apart­ment since morn­ing, there was no word from the fam­ily. Would they speak to the me­dia? What if the Al­la­habad High Court too found the cou­ple guilty? Most res­i­dents en­ter­ing the build­ing said, “The rel­a­tives do not want to jinx the ver­dict by giv­ing in­ter­views.”

A few min­utes af­ter 2.45pm, when the high court ac­quit­ted the cou­ple, there was a mes­sage: Aarushi’s aunt Van­dana Tal­war would brief the me­dia. Van­dana, a doc­tor, is the wife of Ra­jesh’s el­der brother Di­nesh.

At 4.16pm, Van­dana came down from her third floor flat, along with Aarushi’s ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther, re­tired group cap­tain BG Chit­nis. The two were es­corted by friends and rel­a­tives.

“The past nine years were emo­tion­ally drain­ing. We are tired. We thank the court for this re­lief and the in­jus­tice meted out to Ra­jesh and Nupur. We are happy we can now move for­ward. We want to thank all those who sup­ported us – emo­tion­ally, phys­i­cally. There were many we did not know who con­tin­ued be­liev­ing in us. Some even sup­ported fi­nan­cially,” Van­dana said.

When asked if they would seek a probe to find out who killed Aarushi, the fam­ily re­fused com­ment.

BG Chit­nis said, “I have seen them suf­fer. At this age it was tir­ing for me to see my daugh­ter Nupur and her hus­band put be­hind bars for a crime they did not com­mit.”

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