Unravelling of a typical middle-class Indian family

Unravelling of a typical middle-class Indian family

Teenager Aarushi Talwar had received her birthday present - a Sony camera - from her parents early.

She would turn 15 only a week later, but her parents were so excited about the gift that they could not wait for her birthday.

That was the last present Aarushi received. By the next evening, she was dead.

On the night of May 15, 2008, the teenager was beaten to death with a golf club and her throat slit with "surgical" precision.

As told in court by the prosecution during the 18-month trial of the double murder of Aarushi and house servant Hemraj Banjade, it was the teenager's father, dental surgeon Rajesh Talwar, 49, who had carried out the murders with the help of his wife Nupur, 47.

He had found his daughter with Mr Hemraj in her bedroom in an "objectionable position" in bed and proceeded to hit Mr Hemraj, 45, on the head with the golf club. A second blow hit Aarushi.

By then, Nupur Talwar had woken up and the two wrapped Mr Hemraj's body in a bedsheet and dragged it to the rooftop of their apartment block, where they slit his throat. They then slit Aarushi's throat so the wounds matched. The mother cleaned the teenager's private parts and the golf clubs used in the murder.

The Talwars and their lawyers denied the case built by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), saying they had slept through the night, only to discover the body of their daughter lying in a pool of blood in her bed in the morning.

Nupur Talwar said if Aarushi had been in an inappropriate relationship with Mr Hemraj, they would have "fired him and had a talk with her".

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