Monday, July 13, 2015

Rajesh and Nupur Talwar: (Part 3): India; ‘I don’t think the Talwars killed Aarushi’ 'Aarushi' author Avirook Sen tells The Hindu.

STORY: "I don’t think the Talwars killed Aarushi," by Ashok Berwal, published by "The Hindu" on July 9, 2015;

PHOTO CAPTION:  “In the eyes of most, guilty or not, you could almost read the words ‘show mercy’...There was none of that in Nupur Talwar...If you were searching for emotions on her face, the only that you might have found was determination,” says Avirook Sen, author of the book, Aarushi"

GIST: "Three years ago, senior journalist Avirook Sen was covering the trial in the Aarushi murder case for a Mumbai-based newspaper when he realised that many prosecution witnesses had gone back on their statements on record before the court. This prompted him to bring “true” facts before people in the form of a book titled “Aarushi”, which hit the stands earlier this week.........“One of the many things that troubled me during the trial was that every key witness for the prosecution had told one story at the time of investigation and a substantially different in the court,” he said. He added that though the media had labelled it an open-and-shut case, he was surprised to find the prosecution witnesses going back on their statements and not remembering, or saying new things. “To every uncomfortable question the cross-examiner posed, constable Chunnilal (a witness) smiled and said: “ Dhyaan nahi hai [I can’t remember]. In a page and one of the transcripts of his testimony, this phrase appeared 18 times. It became a joke in the court,” reads an excerpt from The Trial section of the book.......... However, being a journalist himself, Mr. Sen said he was “deeply disappointed with the coverage the case got”. “It was a learning experience for me as well. I learnt the importance of attribution. Many things that appeared in the media about the Talwars were attributed to unnamed sources and were totally absurd. There was a story aired on a news channel about how the Talwars had booked 11 rooms in a hotel on the night of murder and were not at home. It was later denied by the CBI.” Mr. Sen hopes that his book, which tries to present the real picture of what happened and offer hard evidence available, would help the readers make an informed opinion about the murder. “The book also bewares the readers that it can happen to them as well. The Talwars are not special. It can happen to anyone,” said Mr. Sen."
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See Penguin Books (India) page on 'Aarushi'. "Seven years ago a teenage girl, Aarushi Talwar, was found murdered in her bedroom in Noida, a middle-class suburb of Delhi. The body of the prime suspect—the family servant, Hemraj—was discovered a day later. Who had committed the double murders, and why? Within weeks, Aarushi’s parents, the Talwars, were accused; four years later, they went on trial and were convicted. But did they do it? Avirook Sen attended the trial, accessed important documents and interviewed all the players—from Aarushi’s friends to Hemraj’s old boss, from the investigators to the forensic scientists—to write a meticulous and chilling book that reads like a thriller but also tells a story that is horrifyingly true. Aarushi is the definitive account of a sensational crime, and the investigation and trial that followed"


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