Nupur and Rajesh Talwar faced incarceration for four years before getting acquitted by the Allahabad High Court. The dentist couple finally broke their silence in an interview to Hotstar about the ordeal that they faced after the 2008 Noida double murder case of Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj Banjade.
The murders took place in May 2008 when Nupur and Rajesh's 13-year-old daughter, Aarushi, and their live-in domestic help of many years, Hemraj, were found murdered in Noida.
After the countless books, films and endless media coverage, the duo said it was "scary" for them to settle back into society following their acquittal on 12 October 2017. "It’s scary to face people, to face the world, to go back into the world, into society…It’s something which you have to slowly learn," Rajesh Talwar said about their return to normalcy.
The couple also talks about how the public perception changed after they were back from prison. But that didn't mean that it was easy for the Talwars. Nupur Talwar spoke of a "dark age" for two years, that persisted after their bail was rejected in 2012. Things were even more difficult after a CBI special court held them guilty of murdering their daughter. "Confinement is not an easy thing to face…losing your freedom, facing a stigma and suddenly being put behind bars," Rajesh said. The couple conducted dental work in the clinic in the prison as a way of serving people and enduring the four years of incarceration.
The investigation aside, coping with the tragedy of losing their only daughter was another ordeal for the grief-stricken parents. "It was a very emotional moment for us. We were thinking of and missing Aarushi. That’s one tragedy we can’t push past," Nupur said about how Aarushi was in their thoughts after the acquittal. "Losing Aarushi has been, and will always be completely irreparable, inconsolable," Rajesh said. "The worst suffering that any human can go through is to lose your child, and that too in such a manner," he added.
When asked if the system had failed them, the duo said that "it is something that is clear to everybody." When further asked if there was a bias in the investigation, Rajesh said: "Everything is on paper, I don’t really need to say anything about it." When asked about the murder of Hemraj, they said that they had wanted to help the family, but they didn’t get any kind of response.
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Updated Date: Oct 29, 2017 10:11:31 IST