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Review – “The Killing of Aarushi and The Murder of Justice” by Rajesh Talwar

BREAKING NEWS!!! A dentist couple is convicted of double murders, that of their teenage daughter Aarushi and their servant Hemraj. 
The Killing of Aarushi and The Murder of Justice by Rajesh Talwar is an account of one of the most sensational cases of our nation in the past decade. Having said that, I never took an interest in it, partly because I am averse to crime and related news and partly because I was too busy with my own problems to give it time. It was recently that I watched the movie Talvar, and soon after that received this book for review. Although the plot needs no introduction, I’ll just give a little background here to brush up the memories of this horrendous act.


On a summer night of 15th-16th May, the Talwar residence was shaken without a sound. Out of the four people residing in the Jal Vayu Vihar flat, two were murdered while the other two slept without a trace of concern. Naturally, the hunt started the following morning after the discovery of the bodies and continues to date.


The author here has divided his account of this case into four parts, first: the conviction of the Talwars, second: the case against Hemraj’s associates and why it is a more plausible option, third: a hypothetical situation where an alternate is given and fourth: the discussion (say criticism) of the Indian judiciary.
The narration is simple enough, second and third persons are used. There is nothing new in the book, it’s a mere collection and analysis of facts by the author, influenced by personal opinions. It is appreciable though, that he took time out to delve into the details of the case and pen this account for the ease of folks like me. Thanks to him, and the makers of the movie Talvar (the book draws highly from the movie, for once I felt like I am reading the script in a different narrative), I have a fairly good idea as to what the case is and where is it now.
The first part covers most of the book, almost about 50%, and gives a deep insight into the sentence given by the judge against the Talwars. From the points, the judge considered while declaration to the analysis that the author made out of it, everything is clearly explained in a sequential manner. From the account, it seems that the Talwars were made scapegoats in the case, else the laxity of the police department would have been showcased on national television. The second part deals with the case being focused Hemraj’s associates, and why they were more likely to carry out the crime (I somehow feel it too) The highlight of this part are the counterpoints that the author has made to show that the Talwars are innocent and how Krishna and Rajkumar should be behind bars. Now, the third part, a fictional section in an otherwise non-fiction book, it tells the story of a boy and the accidental deaths he had caused years ago. Strange, yet could have happened, who knows!? The last and the final part is more of a rant, more cons than pros, presented in the form of facts and promised proposals by the who’s who of the Indian government and judiciary, about the Indian judicial system. Whatever the state of affairs is (read sad, no, disgusting), justice delayed is justice denied.
Personally, I don’t know what to believe, and what not to. But if facts are taken into account, and thought about logically, the case against the Talwars seems forced and undue and more of a face-saving attempt by the state police. With their appeal pending in the High Court of Allahabad, one can only wonder as to when will justice be served.
How many of you have read this book, or for that matter followed the Aarushi case? Let’s discuss this.

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