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Justice delayed: The Talwars finally walk free
At last, the great injustice done to the Talwars has been set to right. The Allahabad HC acquitted the parents of slain teenager Aarushi Talwar giving them the benefit of the doubt.

Having spent around four years in prison they finally walked free on Friday. The CBI may appeal but the results are likely to be no different. In the aftermath of the murders of Aarushi and the domestic help, Hemaraj, public opinion, heavily and salaciously influenced by the cock and bull stories of the Noida police and gossipy media, had turned against the parents of the dead girl. 

With time, however, and especially after the publication of the book, Aarushi, Avirook Sen's meticulous investigation of the crime and what transpired thereinafter, the Talwars gained some measure of sympathy.  But even now, the public and many members of the media seem to be totally clueless about the way evidence was doctored and key witness testimonies were influenced by the CBI which had initially given a clean chit to the Talwars.

The CBI has already wasted a lot of time by going after the wrong people.  Instead of appealing against the HC's ruling, they should admit their mistake and open a fresh investigation with unbiased people at the helm. They should try to trace the three men who were initially suspected of the crime – Krishna, Raj Kumar and Vijay Mondal. The key to the mystery lies here. They are the most likely people to have come to the Talwar household at night to share drinks with Hemaraj, once the family had retired for the evening. This would also explain the absence of forced entry. 

It is completely erroneous to believe that the last people to see the victims alive could have killed them. Crime investigation is not as cut and dried as this theory would suggest. It only shows a lack of imagination and worse, utter laziness, on the part of the police to reach this conclusion. Besides, the entire fiasco happened because the crime scene was compromised totally. If this were not the case, the criminals would have been behind bars by now. 

India as a country failed the Talwars. Its institutions, riddled by mediocrity, corruption and the arrogance of those in power, have let them down. If the Talwars had been powerful people they would not have ended up in prison.  They believed in the CBI and the judiciary to provide them justice and were cruelly betrayed.

The Aarushi murder case proves why vigilante movies are so popular in this country. It the state continues to fail its citizens, vigilantism will be increasingly seen as an attractive alternative to knocking on the doors of the courts. Because, all you need is some money and a lot of ruthless determination to settle old scores.

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