Aarushi’s friends still can’t believe she is dead

May 16th, 2009 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Aarushi Talwar New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) “I still can’t believe she is no more,” 15-year-old Divya whispered to her friend as she sat cross-legged at a prayer meet for Aarushi Talwar who was brutally murdered at her Noida residence exactly a year ago.
Despite a hot and muggy afternoon, scores of people - relatives, friends, acquaintances and others - came for the prayer meet that was organised by Aarushi’s family at the Chinmaya Mission.

As bhajans were sung and Sai Baba’s name chanted, especially since Aarushi was his believer, her friends lit candles next to her smiling photograph.

Aakriti Jain, a 14-year-old, said that she had met Aarushi just once through a common friend. Nevertheless her death shocked her.

“It’s difficult to believe that a year has gone by, you know?,” Jain said, as she lit a candle near Aarushi’s garlanded photograph.

“And it’s so sad that the police, the CBI hasn’t been able to do a thing in the case. This just proves that anyone can do anything to us in our homes and can scot free! I just pray that Aarushi’s killers get caught soon and her soul rests in peace,” she said.

A sensational double murder mystery, Aarushi was found with her throat slit in her suburban Noida residence May 16 last year. The family’s domestic help, Hemraj who was initially suspected for the murder, was found killed on their terrace the next day.

Aarushi’s father Rajesh Talwar was arrested and kept behind bars for 50 days in connection with the crime but was later let off because of lack of evidence.

After Rajesh Talwar was let off, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested his medical assistant Krishna, who was accused 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, making the case one of the biggest murder mysteries India has seen.

At the prayer meet, Aarushi’s uncle Dinesh Talwar said that in her death she taught him an important lesson - time does not wait.

“I regret that I couldn’t spend more time with our beloved child. She was her parents’ only source of happiness. May her soul rest in peace,” Dinesh Talwar told IANS.

A grieving Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, Aarushi’s parents, didn’t speak much except for accepting everyone’s condolences with folded hands or a hug.

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