- HARSHITA GROVER
The senseless killing of a thirteen-year-old girl- Aarushi Talwar and a forty-five-year-old- Hemraj Banjade (a life in a domestic worker) employed by her family in Jalvayu Vihar, Noida left an unsettling, painful and frightening impact upon people. The two were murdered on the night of 15-16 May 2008 at Aarushi’s residential place. The salacious allegations were reported in a highly scandalous manner by the media and the suspects were rudely criticized during the trial.
AARUSHI- HEMRAJ MURDER CASE
LOCATION- Noida, India
DATE-15-16 May 2008
ATTACK TYPE- Murder/Killing
VICTIMS- Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj Banjade
BLAME- GAME-AARUSHI MURDER CASE
When police discovered Aarushi’s body on 16 May, the missing servant was considered as the main suspect. The next day, police found the partially decomposed body of Hemraj on the terrace. The “blame- game” was not limited only to the servants of the household structure. The police also wrapped up Aarushi’s parents in their clueless and gloomy suspicions. The cloudy accusations made by police that Rajesh had murdered the two after finding them in an “awkward” position enraged and infuriated the Talwar’s family.
THE CBI INVESTIGATION
The case after being transferred in the hands of CBI failed to bring any truthful conclusion as it served only as an extension to the chain of suspicions. The CBI then suspected Krishna and two other servants as the perpetrators. But soon the three men were released as the police failed to locate any solid evidence against them. The CBI was accused of using dubious ways to extract a confession. A special CBI Court ordered proceedings against the Talwars. In November 2013, the Aarushi’s parents were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, but many critics argued that the judgement was based on weak evidence.
CHARGES MADE AGAINST THE TALWARS
The Special Court charged Aarushi’s parents as actual murderers of the crime committed on the pretext of honour killing. Another investigator named as Arun Kumar, a 1985 batch IPS officer from Uttar Pradesh cadre, believed that the Talwars were innocent.
The police, the court and the concerned higher authorities disappointed the public as they failed to secure the crime scene which required immediate attention. The seriousness and alertness expected out of these officers resulted in making the whole scene appear a piece of false accusations. The crime left unresolved and now appears like an unsolvable mystery due to the inability of the police to dispense justice to the victim.