Rul­ing brings joy to Tal­wars

We had faith in their in­no­cence, says Aarushi’s friend

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Shin­jini Ghosh

Nine years af­ter Aarushi was found dead, the Talwar house­hold fi­nally had a rea­son to re­joice. B.G. Chit­nis, Aarushi’s grand­fa­ther, said: “We are thank­ful to the ju­di­ciary. We have suf­fered tremen­dously over the last few years, and it has fi­nally been proven that Ra­jesh and Nupur are not guilty.”

Nine years af­ter Aarushi Talwar was found dead in her bed­room and four years af­ter a Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) court con­victed her par­ents of dou­ble mur­der, the Talwar house­hold fi­nally had a rea­son to re­joice on Thurs­day.

“We are thank­ful to the ju­di­ciary,” said Aarushi’s grand­fa­ther B.G. Chit­nis, wel­com­ing the Al­la­habad High Court ver­dict ac­quit­ting Ra­jesh and Nupur Talwar. “We have suf­fered tremen­dously over the last few years and now it has fi­nally been proven that Ra­jesh and Nupur are not guilty.”

‘A try­ing pe­riod’

Af­ter the in­nu­mer­able twists and turns in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that dragged on for close to a decade, the ver­dict came as a huge re­lief for the fam­ily. “It was very try­ing and ex­haust­ing. We are deeply grate­ful to the ju­di­ciary and re­lieved. I would like to thank all those who sup­ported us through the long or­deal,” said Aarushi’s aunt Van­dana Talwar.

Through­out these years, there had been many who were con­fi­dent of the den­tist cou­ple’s in­no­cence.

“I sin­cerely wish and hope that one day the true per­pe­tra­tors are con­victed,” said Ra­jesh­wari Sa­hay, Aarushi’s friend from school. “For those of us who knew the fam­ily per­son­ally, we al­ways had firm faith in their in­no­cence. How­ever, the real jus­tice for the dou­ble mur­der is still pend­ing. Is it re­ally an­other case of ‘No One Killed..’?”

Saahil Sarin was 16 years old when the mur­der of Aarushi hit the head­lines. Ra­jesh Talwar was his fam­ily den­tist. “The me­dia was too quick to paint them as mur­der­ers. A lot was said about their per­sonal lives, which up­set all the peo­ple who knew them,” he said.

‘Mur­derer is still out’

“Al­la­habad High Court re­stores my faith in ju­di­ciary. Our ju­di­cial sys­tem should learn a les­son from the Aarushi ver­dict. Took nine years to just es­tab­lish who is in­no­cent. The mur­derer is still out,” tweeted the han­dle called In­no­cent Tal­wars, that has re­lent­lessly ad­vo­cated their in­no­cence.

As the Talwar cou­ple are set to walk free on Fri­day, Nupur Talwar’s fa­ther, a former In­dian Air Force of­fi­cer, said: “They have re­ally suf­fered. At my age, it was very try­ing to see my daugh­ter be­hind bars.”

Aarushi’s grand­fa­ther B.G. Chit­nis is a re­lieved man.

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