Patients keep Aarushi’s doctor-parents going

May 13th, 2009 - 10:42 am ICT by IANS  

Aarushi Talwar By Mayank Aggarwal
New Delhi, May 13 (IANS) It’s doctors who heal patients. But a year after their teenaged daughter Aarushi Talwar’s sensational murder in Noida near here, dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have found that patients too can give a healing touch.

For over a decade, the Talwars have operated from their clinic at a basement in south Delhi’s upscale Hauz Khas area. Neighbours and clients are well aware that Rajesh Talwar was in jail for 50 days in connection with the crime, which still remains unresolved. But they don’t believe the couple could have had anything to do with it.

One of his patients, Sarabjeet Jha, said: “Rajesh is a thorough gentlemen. I know them for the last 20 years - since the time they started practice.”

Anukrit Bhargava, who is in his early 20s and lives just opposite their clinic, told IANS: “I am his (Rajesh Talwar’s) patient and have talked to him quite a number of times. I don’t think they can ever do something like this.”

While the clinic is in Hauz Khas, the Talwars used to live in Sector-25 Noida where Aarushi, 14, was found with her throat slit May 16, 2008. The family help Hemraj was found murdered on the terrace a day later. Now they have shifted their residence to south Delhi.

A neighbour who did not want to be named said: “Initially, when media reports accused Rajesh of killing Aarushi, I was terrified. But later I realised the reports were false. Most in the locality know them for a long time and they are good human beings.”

After Rajesh Talwar was let off, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested his medical assistant Krishna and accused him of committing the murders with the help of Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal, both domestic helps in the neighbourhood.

The three are out on bail at present and the agency is yet to file a chargesheet. The murders captured the imagination of the entire nation for their brutality.

Jha, who was waiting for her turn at the clinic as there were five others waiting ahead of her, said: “The Talwars can never ever do anything like this. They are both very nice.”

Acknowledging the support of patients, Rajesh Talwar said, “My patients have been very, very supportive. I have hundreds of their greeting cards which they have given to us, wishing us peace.”

“I have been in touch with my old friends and my alumni has also been very supportive.”

Nupur Talwar said, “His patients have been very supportive. Some of his patients hug him, give him greeting cards and some of his elderly patients even touch his feet.”

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