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    Arushi murder case: How did media handle it?

    On 16th May, 2008, Arushi Talwar, a girl of 14 was found dead with her throat slit in her bedroom in flat no. L-32 Jalvayu Vihar in Noida. Hemraj, the family's domestic help, was suspected of the murder. On 17th May, 2008, Hemraj was found in a pool of blood on the terrace of the flat. On 23rd May, Rajesh Talwar, Arushi's father, was arrested for double murders. Lie detection test of both parents, Dr. Rajesh Talwar and Dr. Nupur Talwar was conducted.

    After more than 9 years, both Dr. Rajesh and Dr. Nupur have been found not guilty by the Allahabad High Court.

    While pronouncing the verdict, the High Court made adverse comment on the shoddy investigation process. However, during these 9 and a half years, Dr. Rajesh and Dr. Nupur had to suffer miserably due to false allegation, innuendos and various other lies in the hands of media. their image and reputation have been irrevocably tarnished by the media.

    Will the media answer? Will the media tender unconditional apology to Talwars for their continuous insinuation for more than 9 years?
  • #611969
    The improper allegations by media on Dr. Rajesh and Dr.Nupur made them to suffer a lot. Finally The Allahabad High Court cleared these two and commented on the shoddy investigation process. Whatever the media say now can't compensate the agony of the two doctors. Media should try not to make innocents suffer because of their irresponsible behaviour.
    always confident

  • #612002
    Sadly, we may not know what truly happened on that day. There will be some important questions unanswered for a long time. Even if the couple is not guilty, they have undergone their trial by media and the damage cannot be undone now. Hopefully, someday we may hear the truth. Someone might make a movie if it's not already made. What the media can certainly do, is in the name of honourable investigative journalism, present the facts right up to the verdict and then tender an open apology based on current facts available.

  • #612006
    One of a live example how anyone can be put to torture and hardship by media trial and when media and some vested interests have targeted someone.
    I am sure there are many hundreds in our country like this who get targeted by vested interests( may be any interest) in different parts of our country, whose case did not get any attention as the same was not sensationalised to this extent. What I am worried is the increasing trend of media trial,passing their own verdict or influencing even fair trial by power of sheer vocal decibels,and casting aspersions on the legal course and judiciary- all this are very much on the increase.
    This section cannot accept anything other than their own version or view of things or verdicts other than what they want - even after due process of law. This is not good for a civil and civilised society and nation.

  • #612007
    This is one more testimony in which media has gone ga ga and now they are in a fix as there is going to be action and counter action on mudslinging the names of those who are not guilty at all. What surprises me that if one news appears on one media, every carries the same story for the day as if nothing is happening around the world. Probably for this reason even US President Donald Trump was not impressed by media which is not verifying the facts before airing their views and thus much damage is being done to the reputations of those who are the public target and vengeance.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #612063
    On May 14, the print and electronic media triumphantly reported that the Supreme Court had rejected an application submitted by Aarushi's parents, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who is the main accused, asking for additional witnesses to be summoned.
    In the media, however, it was made to appear as if the Talwars had tried to bend the system and failed. But why did they approach the Supreme Court? What relief were they seeking?
    While efficiency in a legal system is certainly to be desired, speed cannot be privileged over due process. But since the trial by media has already declared the Talwars guilty, the legal process seems a mere formality, perhaps even a waste of time.
    We can only hope that the courts will uphold a rule of law that believes as much in protecting the innocent as punishing the guilty and refuse to be persuaded by the "collective conscience" of a lynch-mob

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