Thank­ful to God for ver­dict: Tal­wars’ kin

Millennium Post - - CITY - ANUP VERMA AND AB­HAY SINGH

NEW DELHI: Af­ter a nine-year strug­gle, Dr Ra­jesh Tal­war and his wife Nupur heaved a sigh of re­lief on Thurs­day, af­ter the Delhi High Court found them to be in­no­cent of killing their teen daugh­ter Aarushi and their do­mes­tic help Hem­raj in 2008.

The rel­a­tives of the cou­ple are equally re­lieved, with Van­dana Tal­war, Aarushi’s aunt, say­ing that the en­tire fam­ily had suf­fered for nearly a decade as the case dragged on.

“We are deeply re­lieved and thank­ful to God for the ver­dict. It has been an ex­haust­ing and ex­tremely try­ing jour­ney for our fam­ily,” she said.

She said the fam­ily was grate­ful to the high court for hav­ing ac­quit­ted Ra­jesh and Nupur, bring­ing to an end the in­jus­tice meted out to them.

“Our fam­ily, friends, the team of lawyers and peo­ple who were not even known to us be­fore this tragedy hap­pened; I would like to thank all the peo­ple who sup­ported us through­out this long or­deal,” Van­dana told re­porters.

Sources said that the Tal­war cou­ple would likely be re­leased on Fri­day, af­ter they re­ceive the court judg­ment through of­fi­cial chan­nels.

14-year-old Aarushi Tal­war was found dead, with her throat slit, in­side her room at the Tal­wars’ Noida res­i­dence May 2008.

The walls in her room were splat­tered with blood, but the toys on the bed near the wall were spot­less.

Sus­pi­cion ini­tially went moved to­wards the Tal­wars’ 45-year-old do­mes­tic help Hem­raj, who went miss­ing the same day Aarushi was mur­dered. How­ever, dur­ing their search, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found the body of Hem­raj the very next day on the ter­race of the Tal­wars’ house. The door to the ter­race was found to be locked from the in­side.

Af­ter rul­ing out the role of any of the fam­ily’s for­mer ser­vants, the po­lice con­sid­ered Ra­jesh and Nupur as the prime sus­pects in their daugh­ter’s mur­der. The weapons re­port­edly used to com­mit the mur­ders were a golf club – to cause head in­juries – and a scalpel – to slit the throat.

In 2013, a Ghazi­abad court held the Tal­war cou­ple guilty for the dou­ble mur­der of their daugh­ter and Hem­raj, and sen­tenced them to life im­pris­on­ment.

Thurs­day’s or­der by the Al­la­habad High Court, how­ever, ac­quit­ted them of the dou­ble mur­der. Cur­rently, the cou­ple are lodged in Ghazi­abad’s Dasna jail to serve their sen­tence.

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