SMH. Would she still be alive if she was caught with a classmate instead? You know in India “Caste Matters.”
According to MailOnline reports:
An Indian court on Monday found a dentist couple guilty of murdering their 14-year-old daughter and a servant five years ago, in a dramatic finale to a case that transfixed the country and tapped unease on both sides of the rich-poor divide.
Aarushi Talwar was found with her throat slit at the family home in Noida, an affluent town of new shopping malls and offices near Delhi, in 2008.
A day later, the body of the Nepalese family servant, Hemraj, was discovered.
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were convicted in a local court in Ghaziabad, near Noida, and remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on Tuesday – they could face the death penalty.
Early in the investigation, police alleged Rajesh had murdered his daughter and servant in a rage after finding them in a compromising situation – the kind of crime more often associated with rural, conservative parts of India where ‘honor killings’ are not uncommon.
Naresh Yadav, a lawyer present in court, told reporters waiting outside that the couple and members of their family broke down in tears when the verdict was read out.
But the case was plagued with blunders from the start.
In the hours after Aarushi, was found dead in her bedroom, police named Hemraj as the prime suspect.
They even dispatched a team to Nepal to look for him.
But the housekeeper wasn’t missing – his body was discovered lying on a terrace above Aarushi’s room. It had been there the whole time.
The Talwars came under suspicion early on, and police said the manner of the girl’s death suggested she was killed with surgical precision, a clear nod to the Talwars’ medical profession.
SMH. Can’t believe they thought they would get away with it.
Both parents were later charged, but the Talwars always denied the murder and blamed sensational media coverage for demonizing them and damaging their defense.
They also described a Kafkaesque trail of botched police operations, arrests, ‘truth serum’ tests and contradictory rulings by different investigative bodies.
Much has been made in the media of the fact that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India’s federal detective agency, relied on circumstantial evidence to pursue the Talwars.
R.K. Saini, representing the CBI, defended the prosecution.
‘There were so many circumstances that proved that no one could have committed the murder other than the two accused,’ he said.
Rebecca John, one of the lawyers representing the Talwars, said they would appeal the ruling in a higher court.
‘We are deeply disappointed, hurt and anguished for being convicted for a crime that we have not committed,’ the Talwars said in a statement. ‘We refuse to feel defeated and will continue to fight for justice.’
Horrific crime stories are common in India and many involve caste or class.
But the Aarushi case, in which police named Hemraj as the murder suspect before his body was found, resonated with the rapidly expanding number of well-off families who fret that their wealth makes them vulnerable to violence.
Dipankar Gupta, a sociologist at Shiv Nadar University in Uttar Pradesh – the state where Noida is located – said the case highlighted how domestic staff were frequently abused by employers in India.
‘But at least now there is some progress and people are talking about it,’ he said.
Newspapers this month reported the case of a wife of a member of parliament who allegedly tortured a maid to death at her home in Delhi.
This is so sad. We feel for the family of that servant and that poor girl who lost her life before even really having a chance to experience anything!
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