STORY: "Aarushi-Hemraj Murder: Nupur and Rajesh Talwar Fight on From Jail," by Rishika Baruah, published by Quint on July 31, 2015.
GIST: "16 May, 2008, changed the lives of the Talwar family forever. Their only daughter, 13 year old Aarushi was murdered. Two days later their servant, 45 year old Hermraj, who they believed had killed Aarushi, was also found dead on the terrace. In a house where there were four people, the court ruled that since there was no evidence of outside intrusion, the two dead were killed by the two alive, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar. From May 2008 till November 2013, the Talwars’ every move, mood, expression and statement was closely watched, dissected and talked about by the entire nation. The Aarushi-Hemraj murder became the most sensational crime to be covered by a 24/7 media. It has been 18 months since the Talwars started serving their life sentence in the Dasna Jail, on the outskirts of Delhi. Rajesh now runs a fully organised dental clinic inside the jail, where Nupur also works occasionally.........The media played a crucial role in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder highlighting and recreating every aspect of the crime and ‘revelations’ from the investigation. There were theories and morbid reconstructions of what may have happened in the bedroom of a 14-year-old girl that night coupled with assumptions and allegations that the Talwars were one big unscrupulous, even ‘immoral’ family. "We lost the perception battle. The verdict was based not on evidence but on the image that had been created. The police and the media fed the world a salacious story that would sell and people lapped it up. It is easy to sit at home and judge, but those people will never know what a father is going through."........."We were naïve, too trusting of a system that betrayed us. In the initial days, the Noida Police warned against talking to the media. We listened to them. The next day they were giving sound bites that we were the prime suspects in the murder of our own daughter. They even propounded a theory that Aarushi was our adopted daughter. They assassinated the character of my dead daughter who will never live to defend herself. I live now only to defend the dignity of my daughter."
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