Braving the winter chill and holding placards with slogans like ‘We want justice for our friend’, friends and family of slain teenager Aarushi Talwar Thursday staged a protest at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi and asked for the case to be re-investigated.
Aarushi’s classmate Fiza, 16, said: “We want justice. The CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) closed the case without any conclusion.
“We don’t want the case to be closed. We want it to be re-investigated from the start, following each sequence. Everyone is innocent unless he or she is proved guilty,” she said.
Uday Anand, 17, said: “This is not called justice. They just can’t blame the parents – it’s inexcusable.”
Aarushi’s parents Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were also present at the march.
Her uncle Dinesh Talwar said: “We want justice for Aarushi, justice for her parents. We want this case to be brought to its logical conclusion.”
Around 50 people participated in the march.
The children lit candles around Aarushi’s photo and garlanded it. They also held placards with slogans like ‘Are you saying that no one killed Aarushi?’ and ‘Stop the blame game’.
Fourteen-year-old Aarushi was found murdered under mysterious circumstances in her parents’ Jalvayu Vihar apartment in Noida, Delhi’s suburban town in Uttar Pradesh, May 16, 2008. The family’s domestic help, Hemraj, initially suspected for the teenager’s murder, was also found killed on the flat’s terrace a day later.
The CBI moved a Ghaziabad court Dec 29, 2010, seeking permission to close the Aarushi murder as an unsolved case on grounds of lack of conclusive evidence.
In its closure report, the agency has named Aarushi’s dentist father Rajesh Talwar as the lone suspect in the case.
Indian Dental Association (IDA) member Vineet Bansal, who also participated in the march, said: “We strongly support the Talwar family. The CBI should stop putting false allegations on the family. I personally know Rajesh Talwar since last 10 years and know for sure that he couldn’t have done any such thing”.