When I first heard about Aarushi being found dead in her bed in her house in NOIDA, I thought it must be a break-in by a tribe, Kachcha Banian Gang that robs houses after killing the victims in their sleep (by hitting on the head), in Noida, Gurgaon, Delhi, Ghaziabad area. This tribe, wears only underwear and rubs oil on their body to slip away if caught. They also eat in the victims house, and defecate outside the house. They are nomads and keep chicken, which they kill and eat. But basically they kill by hitting on the heads with a blunt object, the victim dies in sleep.
Was Aarushi Talwar really killed by her father to save the family honour? How could they leave a girl-child alone at home with a male servant? Didn’t they expose her to the risk of being abused? If the parents were genuinely concerned about her, what the Indian Press calls, ‘intimacy’ with the servant Hemraj (shouldn’t it be called child abuse, she would have been fourteen today!) couldn’t they have just fired the servant and sent the girl abroad or to a distant boarding school? We live in India, not Saudi Arabia. I know of men having relationships outside their marriage and their children know of it, they don’t kill their children for objecting.
IS HONOR KILLING SOMETHING GLORIOUS? IS IT ‘ANOKHA‘?
HOW CAN THEY CALL KILLING OF A VICTIM OF CHILD ABUSE AN ‘HONOR KILLING’? AND YOU HAVE TO HEAR THEIR DESCRIPTION OF HONOR KILLING! ONE REPORTER ON AAJ TAK (or was it another channel of the same kind, Zee News/Star News?) SAYS ‘Yadi yeh Honor Killing ka case hai to yeh apne aap mein ek anokha, ekdum anootha, ekdum alag case hoga’ . (If this is a case of honor killing it will be a different/rare and amazing/awesome case.” The word he used is ‘anokha‘ which is generally used for describing something that is unusual, unique but not bad, heinous or disgusting.
Our TV News channel need some lessons in gender sensitization. I remember them repeatedly describing the victims of New Year Eve molestation by mob in Mumbai, as skimpily dressed.
The evidence is all, only circumstantial.
There are too many loopholes,
1.) The motive for killing seems unsubstantial.
2.) Why was there no noise? No screams? The mother heard nothing in the next room.
3.) Why is her mother silent…common sense says she is the mother, must be in no condition to say anything…maybe that is she is silent. Why didn’t she fight to save her only child, if she was at home at the time? ‘Times Now‘ said she told a visitor during her daughter’s condolence meeting that she had reached home at 3 am that night, by then Aarushi had been killed.
4.) There is no proof of any relationship between the servant and the child. Even if he saw such a thing he would have killed the servant, not his child.
5.) Could the Police be making such a shoddy case to protect someone?
6.) Couldn’t it be the old servant (who brought Hemraj as a substitute in his absence, but Hemraj was given permanent job by the Talwars, who then fired the older servant). Could it be that now he was trying to take revenge? Revenge seems a more plausible motive then ‘honour’. He lost his job to Hemraj. He had worked for them so he knew his way around the house, he could have had a key to the house….?
7.) Whose hand prints are there on the wall? How did the bloodied mattress reach the terrace?
Too many questions.
RELATIONSHIP OR CHILD ABUSE?
I was relieved to hear many viewers say that if the child had a ‘relationship’ (Again, I repeat, how can the Police call it a relationship, how can a 45 year old man and a 13 year old girl have a ‘relationship‘? It’s child-abuse!) with the servant, the parents could have sent her to another place, no viewer seemed to think that was motive enough for the father to kill his daughter. Much as the UP Police wants to make it sound like killing in the name of family honor is a norm in educated middle class Indian families, it is not.
Our Police also loves to talk about ‘illicit relationships’ of any kind, with or without substantial proof. Watching this case on TV makes me wonder what kind of people have we got in our police force? Even the officers look and talk so ….creepily?