by Oke Efagene
Two dentists, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, have been found guilty of killing their 13-year-old daughter, Aarushi and a servant by slitting their throats after discovering the pair in an “objectionable” situation.
The couple were accused of murdering teenager, Aarushi and their domestic help, Hemraj at their New Dejhi home in May, 2008.
The Tawlars broke down in court when the guilty verdict was announced this morning. New Delhi based NDTV reports the pair believe they are the victims of police incompetence, and have vowed to continue efforts to clear their name in what they described as a “fight for justice”.
According to reports:
Aarushi was found dead in her bedroom on May 16 2008, just a few days before her 14th birthday.
The body of 45-year-old Hamraj, who had worked for the family for 10 years, was found on the roof of the house the following day.
Both had had their throats cut, and been beaten with golf clubs.
Investigators claimed that Aarushi was killed after her parents flew into a fit of rage after finding her in an “objectionable” situation with Hamraj, but are said to have acknowledged there is no forensic or material evidence against them.
Investigators even sought permission to close the case in December 2010, but a judge refused the application and said her parents must stand trial.
Instead, prosecutors worked on the basis that the victims were last seen alive with the Talwars.
In a statement released after the verdicts, the Talwars said: “We are deeply disappointed, hurt and anguished for being convicted of a crime we have not committed. We refuse to feel defeated and will continue our fight for justice.”
The couple will be sentenced tomorrow.