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Hemraj - the forgotten angle in the Aarushi murder case
In all the brouhaha following the twin murders of Aarushi and Hemaraj, the focus largely remained on the teenager. Now that the air is cleared of all the innuendos and insinuations that clouded the case, it's time to explore the forgotten angle, the domestic help of the Talwar household, Hemraj.

Following the acquittal of the Talwars, Hemraj's lawyer spoke of filing an appeal. He should do well to remember that this will open a can of worms as far as his dead client is concerned.

If a fresh look is cast on the alternative theory, it will become immediately clear that Hemraj is the central figure in the events that unfolded on the night of the murders. As there was no forced entry, obviously, he must have opened the door to his friends. They lived nearby and they must have planned to meet for a nightcap, once the Talwars were safely asleep.

It is also interesting that the Talwars mentioned that they had felt 'unusually drowsy' on the night of the incident. Either they were very tired or the more sinister explanation is that they were drugged by Hemraj who prepared their food. It's too late to ascertain this, of course, and it's only a conjecture, but nevertheless quite feasible in the light of what eventually happened.

If the Talwars woke up for some reason and found their male servant entertaining his male friends in their house with his master's own liquor, he would have lost his job. It is also possible that the compounder Krishna had planned the entire thing down to the last detail. It would have been easy for him to procure sleeping pills from the pharmacy after all. He would not have wanted to take the risk of the Talwars waking up while he was putting his plan into action. But it seems very unlikely that Hemraj knew that Krishna might have had revenge on his mind. This explains why he had to be killed by the others. As Krishna was the only one who had a valid motive to kill Aarushi, the others also may not have known of his plans beforehand. But they are accessories to the murders, for they were with Krishna all the way.

Seen from this angle, Hemraj is culpable in the death of Aarushi. He committed an act of dishonesty and disloyalty towards his employers by letting in strangers into the house which they shared with their young daughter, while they slept unaware. Yes, he lost his life but I find it very difficult to feel sympathy for him. 

It is the Talwars who lost more – their precious daughter who came late into their lives; they lost their peace, happiness and dreams of the future; their child's name and their names were sullied in the worst possible manner; and finally they lost four years of their life in prison for a crime they did not commit. What a huge price to pay for trusting a servant!

Only partial justice has been done in this case even now. The killers walk free probably smirking to themselves at having gotten away so easily from right under the noses of the bumbling Noida police and the CBI. The Talwars should seek hefty compensation for the damage done to them and their daughter's names and the trauma they suffered all these years. 

This case is one of the most important in the history of Indian jurisprudence because it revealed a blatant attempt by the CBI to fabricate a non-existent case against the Talwars for reasons best known to them. It also showed us that some judges don't apply their minds when writing judgments. If ever someone wrote a book, 'How Not to Investigate a Murder' this case would make an excellent case study. 

The role of the gossip mongering media also made it unique. Reporters like Arnab Goswami whipped up media frenzy and peddled all kinds of malicious stories about the dentist couple to boost TRPs. The Talwars should sue him into oblivion where he and his ilk belong.

As for Hemraj, he may be forgotten. But can he ever be forgiven? It was he who opened the door to death on that fateful night when four, not two, lives were taken in one fell swoop.

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