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Case closed
After more than two and a half years of waiting the CBI has closed investigations into the Aarushi Talwar murder case. It is a crying shame that multiple bunglings, intentional or otherwise, led to such an unjust conclusion.
THAT THE CBI too has thrown in the towel in the Aarushi murder case is old news already. Just like everything else about this tragic case, this news too, turned quickly from sensational to old news. Like almost all other Indians, I too had been intrigued and interested deeply in the Aarushi case in 2008. A couple of articles here on merinews had got the highest number of views and reader comments.There was collective hope that once the CBI took over the case there would be a swift resolution. But that was 2008.
2011 has brought with it that very familiar scenario of ‘case unresolved’ and culprits ‘scot free’. This should not be news for us Indians long used to the police and judicial system failing us citizens. But the news of CBI closing the investigations still rankles. Maybe it is because it involved the death of a young school girl or maybe because the relentless media coverage in 2008 had made us drawing room participants in the Talwar family’s (mis) fortune.
Whatever the reasons for our involvement, it still is bewildering that CBI has ended things on a note of more controversy. After many arrests and releases, embarrassing police statements and sloppy investigations we are no closer to knowing the truth. We do not even have the luxury to believe in the innocence of the parents with any degree of certainty. CBI says the crime scene was heavily ‘doctored’. If that was the case was it not obligatory for the premier investigative agency to figure out, who colluded with the perpetrators of the ‘doctoring’ of the crime scene and the botching of the forensic evidence collected. Why were, almost all of the 26, finger prints collected messed up before serious examination could take place?
If, as the CBI seems to be hinting, the parents were complicit at some level then why is it so hard to unravel the threads of collusion. After all, the parents could not have covered up a crime of this gravity alone. If the case is unsolvable then at least we need to know the details of unprofessionalism and corruption at whatever level it happened. Jessica Lal and Priyadarshini Mattoo got some justice, after delays and bunglings, thanks to the media, family and citizens standing up to demand justice. With the parents too under a cloud of suspicion, Aarushi seems destined to become another name in the long list of victims who have never got justice.
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