When the dead body of the 14-year old student of DPS was found in her house drenched in blood, the Noida police passed it off as another incident of crime committed by the servant of the house that has become by far common in many rich Indian households. What baffled the media was that Arushi Talwar’s parents, though living in the same house, were unaware of anything unusual happening in the house during the night. However, when the dead body of the “missing” servant Hemraj was discovered on the terrace of the house the next day by a retired DSP of police who had come to pay his condolence, it became clear that someone else was involved in the gruesome twin murders.
Even after a public outcry over the initial goof-ups by the Noida police and a series of transfers and new appointments in the police force to speed up the investigations for a number of days, it was not clear as to who could have murdered Arushi and Hemraj. However, the case has been finally solved and the outcome horrendous to say the least. Arushi’s father, Dr. Rajesh Talwar, has been arrested by the police and her mother Dr. Nupur Talwar has been detained on abetment charges.
So, what was the real motive behind the murder? According to Gurudarshan Singh IG Meerut Zone, Arushi was murdered for discovering an illicit affair her father was having with a colleague. Even Hemraj came to know about the affair and he had spoken about it to some of his acquaintances. To make matters worse for Dr. Talwar, his daughter and servant had been discussing amongst themselves about the affair that made them come close to each other.
Finally, what caused this incident might be described either as honor killing or as a sudden act of rage. On May 15, when Dr. Talwar returned home at around 11.30 pm he found Arushi and Hemraj in an objectionable position. Talwar then took Hemraj to the terrace on the pretext of telling him something, struck him with a heavy object, and then cut his nerves with a sharp instrument. After that, he came back and killed Arushi.
This incident raises a number of questions that are social as well as psychological in nature. To hide ones extra-marital how can a father reach such extremes that he murders his own daughter? Even Arushi’s mother’s role is very strange. She knows about her daughter’s murder but does not speak out. When such a gruesome incident is happening in the house, she takes no step in stopping it. If parents and their offspring lead such isolated lives then what use is of having a family living under a single roof? Or have natural parental feelings of love and compassion lost their meanings in our current materialistic world?