Aarushi’s Noida school to open with prayers, counselling

June 29th, 2008 - 6:22 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Aarushi Talwar

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The murder of teenager Aarushi Talwar and her family’s domestic help has left many children in the city scared. The Delhi Public School (DPS) in Noida, where Aarushi studied, is set to open with a prayer meet Tuesday and says it is ready to counsel students on the issue. “We will have a special assembly and prayer meeting on Tuesday when the school reopens,” Nina Sehgal, principal of DPS (Noida), told IANS.

“We don’t want to unnecessarily remind them of anything. We will first assess the situation and then design our (counselling) programme accordingly,” she added.

Friends and classmates of Aarushi were especially stressed after her dentist father Rajesh Talwar was arrested for her murder.

Said Masuma, mother of Aarushi’s friend Fiza: “Of course children are stressed as they have lost their friend and they would need counseling. And why only children, even adults are stressed due to her brutal murder.”

Aarushi, a Class 9 student, was found dead in her Jalvayu Vihar apartment in suburban Noida May 16. The Noida police initially named the Talwar’s servant Hemraj as the prime suspect but retracted after his body was found on the terrace of the house the next day.

Aarushi’s father Rajesh Talwar was arrested May 23 and police said he killed his daughter in a fit of rage as he objected to her closeness with Hemraj.

A second arrest in the case was made June 13 when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) held Talwar’s compounder Krishna. On Friday, Rajkumar, the servant of Talwar’s friends Praful and Anita Durrani, was arrested and his blood-stained T-shirt and bicycle seized.

The case has only turned murkier with every passing day and the CBI has not even been able to establish a motive behind her murder.

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