Family: We went though tough times

Family mem­bers say mur­der had left cou­ple emo­tion­ally drained, thank ju­di­ciary

The Asian Age - - Front Page -

Ma­suma, a family friend of the Tal­wars, said that with the ver­dict, a nine-year or­deal had come to an end. How­ever, she added that in­ves­ti­ga­tion agen­cies still have to crack the puz­zle of who killed Aarushi and Hem­raj.

New Delhi, Oct. 12: The nine-year trial in the mur­der of their daugh­ter Aarushi had left the Tal­war cou­ple emo­tion­ally drained, Nupur Tal­war’s fa­ther said on , thank­ing the ju­di­ciary for ac­quit­ting them.

B.G. Chit­nis, a for­mer Group Cap­tain in the In­dian Air Force, said it was very try­ing for him to see his daugh­ter, Nupur and her hus­band Ra­jesh be­hind bars.

“I am grate­ful to the ju­di­ciary for the ver­dict. They (the Tal­war cou­ple) have really suf­fered. They are emo­tion­ally drained. At my age it was very try­ing to see my daugh­ter and son-in-law put be­hind bars for a crime they did not com­mit,” he told re­porters here.

Van­dana Tal­war, Aarushi’s aunt, said 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’s been an ex­haust­ing jour­ney for us and ex­tremely try­ing for our family,” she said.

She re­fused to go into the mer­its of the case and the judge­ment, say­ing the cou­ple’s lawyers would an­swer ques­tions on who killed Aarushi and their do­mes­tic help Hem­raj.

“We are really grate­ful to

the high court for hav­ing ac­quit­ted Ra­jesh and Nupur and brought an end to in­jus­tice meted out to them.

“I would like to thank all the peo­ple who sup­ported us through the long or­deal — our family, friends, team of lawyers and peo­ple who were not even known to us be­fore this tragedy hap­pened,” she said.

She thanked peo­ple for sup­port­ing them phys­i­cally, emo­tion­ally, men­tally, spir­i­tu­ally and even fi­nan­cially.

Ma­suma, a family friend of the Tal­wars, said that with the ver­dict, a nineyear or­deal had come to an end. How­ever, she added that in­ves­ti­ga­tion agen­cies still have to crack the puz­zle of who killed Aarushi and Hem­raj.

“It’s a pos­i­tive ver­dict. There were two mur­ders that hap­pened that day. It’s a question (who killed them) that has plagued all of us in the last nine years.

“That is a question for this coun­try’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies to an­swer,” she said.

She said that the cou­ple were not even able to grieve for their child, “the centre of their uni­verse”, and it would be dif­fi­cult for them to re­turn to a life of nor­malcy.

The Al­la­habad high court on Thurs­day ac­quit­ted the Tal­war cou­ple, say­ing they could not be held guilty on the ba­sis of the ev­i­dence on record.

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