Saturday, January 26, 2013

Aarushi Talwar case: India; A fascinating brilliantly written look at one of India’s most notorious murder trials - and the brutal harm caused to the innocent by outdated forensic and investigative techniques: Shree Paradkar tells her cousins's story. Toronto Star. Must Read.

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Kudo's to Shree Paradkar and the Toronto Star for putting the spotlight on  this troubling, on-going  trial which has all the makings of a miscarriage of justice and a perversion of forensic pathology and sound police investigation.  The Star has accompanied the story with an array of  valuable links. I do not use the words "Must Read" lightly:

Harold Levy: Publisher; The Charles Smith Blog.

STORY: "Aarushi Talwar murder: A look at one of India's most notorious trials," by Shree Paradkar, published by the Toronto Star on January 26, 2013.

GIST: "When I tell my cousins’ story to non-Indians, the reaction is usually shock and puzzlement. How can a country have democracy and anarchy in equal measure? How can an IT powerhouse accept outdated forensics and investigative techniques? The answer is simple. There are many Indias. I grew up in one of them. I lived in the same cocoon as Nupur, Rajesh and about 350 million middle-class Indians — a third of the country. Members of that group enjoy varying degrees of luxury; we had maids, cooks and drivers. Human rights, sciences and the arts are discussed within this cocoon. The police operate outside of it. I knew they were not like Law & Order SVU. I did not expect yellow tape around a crime scene. I did expect police to protect it by at least shutting doors. It came as a shock an investigative system could fail so badly."

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