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CBI blames domestic help in Aarushi murder

July 11, 2008

I was shocked to hear that there is evidence that Aarushi Talwar was murdered because of an attack on her by three domestic help and an employee of Dr. Rajesh Talwar’s. The compounder Krishna, alongwith Rajkumar (domestic help of Talwars’ friends Durranis) and another domestic help Vijay Mandal are now the prime suspects. One of the culprits was killed along with Aarushi, after he fell out with this fellows. He was Hemraj, a househelp in Aarushi’s own house. Apparently he let his drunken friends into the house with his own key, knowing full well their evil intentions. Their boldness is shocking, that they could think of doing this when her parents were sleeping in the next room!

That is what the CBI has revealed is the result of their narco-analysis tests which are consistent with forensic evidence.

The media speculation that Aarushi’s murder was an honour killing was incorrect. I myself became a victim of media reports. But the media was influenced by the press conference by the Noida police. Where the media had gone wrong was to blame the killing on “urban lifestyles” for the killing. Whether it was an honour killing or whether it is a murder by three domestic help, the murder is not a result of urban lifestyles. It is plain and simple murder.

Murder by domestic help is becoming common in India. Hundreds of these murders take place, usually committed by male servants. It is clear that even though Hemraj himself was murdered, he was the one who led his friends to the girl. He had the key to the house.

I have no idea why people employ male domestic help in the house. They may not have a criminal background, but you are still trusting a person whom you hardly know with your children. These domestic help are usually live-in and come into daily contact with the children in the house. They see the children every waking moment of the day and allowed access into their bedrooms. The help come from different and conservative backgrounds and are not used to speaking with unmarried girls. Speaking and interacting with beautiful and smart young girls can arouse feelings in them. No, this doesn’t mean that they become aggressive, in fact the majority don’t. But how can you know who will become aggressive? Why should any parent take a risk and expose his/her child to constant interaction with an unknown male from a conservative background?

It this seems as if I am blaming Aarushi’s parents, this is not the case. What they did was not unusual. It is common to do this (hiring live-in male servants) even if the family has a daughter in the house.

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23 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2008 5:09 pm

    Usually all family with girls or females in house, go for female servants or a male servant that has gone gray, assuming that he won’t have that aggression as a young male servant would have.

    As in this case, there was a good difference of age betn. the male servant and their daughter. ( I am not sure about this, but I have heard this from people who follow the news).

    As far as not employing female help is concerned, many houses don’t employ females coz. of the fear of she being molested by other male helps in-house like car drivers etc. or even many don’t trust their own men in houses.

    + few other reasons.

  2. July 11, 2008 5:20 pm

    Nita, do not trust what CBI says. It will be another mistake. They still have to find the evidence to corroborate with this theory. There are many gaps in this story that I am too tired to write now. If CBI manages to recover weapon and Arushi’s mobile, you can still have a reason to trust them. They still have not found it.

    Moreover, narco analysis is not admissible in court as evidence. Secondly, I find it strange that first narco analysis from same set of accused did not come out with anything. We still do not know the truth unless proven. Also, remember maninder singh koli admitted in narco but today he is a free man.

  3. July 11, 2008 6:11 pm

    Oh… think about that poor father and mother !!!!!!!!!! how police and media treated them …

  4. July 11, 2008 6:24 pm

    Anshul, actually its difficult to trust anyone. A very close friend of mine from Delhi her mother was murdered for the cash in the house by a boy who had worked for them since he was 14 or something. He committed the murder years later, after had become part of the family. I personally would not live in with anyone except a close friend or family.

    Poonam, what you say is true. One never knows. But in the press conference they said they had forensic evidence. And about Pandher its shocking he got away! After he had bribed police officials and there was evidence of it. He was clearly guilty, at least an accessory. I won’t be surprised if the killers go scot free in this case too.

    Dinu, I guess I didn’t think of that, I am just thinking of Aarushi all the time. I guess that’s because I have two young daughters! But yes, its true the media was bad to them and even I suspected them. But then the Noida Police had arrested R Talwar as the main suspect and even gave a press conference and naturally if a father has killed his daughter, people will hate him!! So I think our reactions were natural, but yes, you are right. It is sad for the Talwars. However they have not still not been completely exonerated but I think the theory that the CBI has now seems logical. Some drunk men barging into her room…

  5. July 11, 2008 6:48 pm

    CBI actually has made a mockery of this case and in the process become the laughing stock of the entire nation. These so called ‘ intelligence guys’ can’t even solve a tennage murder case, how come we trust them on matters relating to the security, sovernity of the country.

    now they have found another scape goat , basing their conclusion on narco-analysis which is non-admissible in the court of law.

  6. July 11, 2008 7:47 pm

    well Nita,what are the media upto? They wrote off the parents,now just think what the parents must have gone through….I agree we all were mislead…but then has the media taken over our lives?

  7. July 11, 2008 10:15 pm

    normally male domestic helps can do more ardous works than female thats y i suppose ppl lkeep male domestic helps..
    but its more common that male workers are the ones whose intentions turn evil .
    yes,the media does prejudice a common man’s opinions..i was going to beleive that arushi’s father was the one who killed his daughter..

  8. July 11, 2008 10:24 pm

    Even female servants are not trust worthy. They join with their male counterparts in criminal activities. As far as possible do not employ any servants. Self help is the best help.

  9. July 11, 2008 11:41 pm

    Nita, you have highlighted a very important point.
    I have also written about the same issue but I am more disgusted with the media and the Noida Police. The electronic media needs to be regulated,some sort of internal accountability needs to be in place.

  10. Manoj permalink
    July 12, 2008 2:07 am

    As Kiran Bedi said in a show, the scene of crime should not be made accessible to any unauthorized person. This was not taken care which led to the tampering of the very little evidence available at the crime scene.

    There are both good and bad domestic help, irrespective of Male or Female. We can’t be judgemental. However, prevention is better than cure. It is always good for a child to be with the parent rather than anybody else. Home, as they say, should be “Sweet Home”. Home should be a private place accessible only to family and close friends.

  11. July 12, 2008 3:08 am

    didnt i say
    there is more to it than what is obvious while u stuck on to ur honor killing theory –

    my point stands vindicated
    the noida police and to an extent cbi also bungled so did the media which sold the news by becoming detectives themselves

  12. July 12, 2008 7:27 am

    Rahul, I agree there has been bungling, but it started with the local police.

    Vishesh, the media just repeated and highlighted what the police said. I also suspect they got their tidbits from the police unofficially.

    Arvind, I thought so too but the police themselves said so! So why blame ourselves? Now it has come out that it was Krishna who told the Noida Police that the father was to blame! The police just swallowed it! The CBI at least found out that the case is not that simple.
    About male workers, I agree, that is the reason why people keep them. but then many people don’t and how do they manage?

    Old Sailor, you are right. male or female they can be both turn to criminal activities, but murder is usually committed by males.

    Prerna, where crimes are concerned the media always goes overboard and yes its disgusting. But the police needs to be careful what they say! What disgusted me most about the media was the way one channel was going on about Arushi’s private life! It was sick!!

    Manoj, as you say the crime scene investigation was botched up by the Noida police. However, as you are aware, murder and sexual assault and rape is usually committed by males! That is what I said. About conservative males living as family members in a household where young females are also present.

    Prax, my story was not on honour killings, but on how the media was going on about blaming it on lifestyles. True, I thought the parents were guilty, but then the Noida police gave out that impression. I don’t think the media had become a detective – no not at all. They simply trivialised the murder, sensationalised it, and repeated and highlighted what the police said. They also maligned Aarushi. It was wrong what they did and that was what the post on Urban Crime and the media was about.

  13. Vikram permalink
    July 12, 2008 7:45 am

    Nita, the Indian police lacks a system for background checks and tracking ex and suspected criminals. Granted, that this is difficult in a large, populated country like India, but I have not even seen any semblance of any evidence of such a system existing. So, there is an environment of impunity in the country, for a wide range of crimes from theft to riot killings. It is interesting that middle-class India frequently demands better roads, liberalization etc, but rarely demands a more professional, better trained and equipped police.

    There is no centralised system to track criminals. There is no coordination even at district level, leave alone state levels! They need an electronic database, which developed countries have had for years! Why, we don’t even have a centralised data base of those who licenses are suspended! So they simply manage to get a duplicate license without a problem!
    I think the middle class is unaware of what is going on, because the media never highlights this issue. – Nita.

  14. Vikram permalink
    July 12, 2008 8:20 am

    Btw, Nita , does it not bother you that in India today, the CBI and the Supreme Court are brought into virtually every dispute, no matter how trivial ? This was a very tragic event, but I have never heard of the FBI investigating a girl’s murder in the US, nor have I seen the Supreme Court of the US hear cases about ‘indecency’ (the Gere-Shilpa Shetty episode).

    This happens because the local police are quite useless and have no idea about crime investigation. But that is a superficial analysis! The fact is that they are corrupt and mostly take bribes to shield criminals. This is the same case in the judiciary. the lower courts are a sham and the judges easy to bribe. Another reason why petitioners keep going to higher courts and clogging an already burdened system. Unless we root – Nita.

  15. rantingraj permalink
    July 12, 2008 11:34 am

    Thank God this mystery has finally been solved …

    I feel the same! – Nita.

  16. July 12, 2008 1:17 pm

    It is hard to believe these revelations by the CBI when taken into consideration the initial reactions of the Thalwars. Ya, it might be all those speculations by the media that makes me think like this. I simply feel that if not about the murder the Thalwars had something to hide from the world. Let’s just hope that incidents like these never happen again.

    Thanks Nikhil! these incidents are happening all over india, all over the world but I agree this one is rather ghastly! Also I too think the talwars had something to hide, that’s why they were not giving a good impression to anybody. – Nita.

  17. July 12, 2008 3:54 pm

    I am not sure what is coming out is true. I think the case has been complicated by the police. And it seems that it will go on forever. Even if it is solved, I would never trust the agencies with a blind eye. God knows what happen behind the doors.
    I have heard that the initial evidences in Arushi’s room were erased by the police. Is that true?

    Amit, it was done due to negligence. they are supposed to seal off the crime area to preserve the evidence but they didn’t do that. I too wonder what is really happening but it is a fact that narco tests are an accepted way of getting the truth. However they cannot be admitted in court because I think they are not proved to be 100 percent reliable. A person may not go into the trance properly and can give wrong information on purpose. – Nita.

  18. July 12, 2008 4:06 pm

    Well I agree with OldSailor that female servants are not that better off. From stealing food items to passing information to their male counterparts they also aid in thefts and murders.
    As for the case, I feel there is more to it than what meets the eye. The servants are the scapegoats. I find it hard to believe that in a doctor’s (dentists r quite rich people) house, such a loud air conditioner is there that they cant hear the screams of the girl sleeping in next room or the servant. Also the initial hurry to perform her last rites and messing up of evidence by police (btw being doctors the parents should be aware of the importance of forensic investigation at a crime scene) is quite suspicious. Then there are other points. As far as CBI goes the Rizwanur case is a proof that big fish gets away and the small r caught in the net of law.

    Do you really think servants are the scapegoats? I don’t know why but I tend to believe that is them, although I had believed it was Talwar at first! So I may be wrong, but with an ac if rooms are far apart (not sharing a wall) it is possible not to hear it. In fact its the same in our house. But at the same time one cannot be sure and yes its best to have sceptical mind about the investigation. – Nita.

  19. Bharath permalink
    July 12, 2008 5:49 pm

    why did they kill Aarushi? any news from CBI?

    It was a sexual motive they say combined iwth revenge. This guy Krishna is supposed to have had a grudge agaisnt the doctor…this is what was revealed in the narco tests – Nita.

  20. Bharath permalink
    July 12, 2008 5:49 pm

    it is still a mystery!

  21. July 13, 2008 8:14 am

    I also worry about the low stakes for which they are willing to go as far as murdering 2 people and carefully destroying all evidence. This was certainly premeditated carefully and not an act of impulse. And all for what? so sad.
    Yes, today it is terribly unsafe to trust strangers especially when you have children in the house. Obviously Hemraj was a trusted employee but it is really sad how he betrayed the trust and ended up paying with his own life for it.

    I think this Krishna must have had criminal tendencies, who knows about his past! Well,that is what the CBI said, that he had very aggressive tendencies. Even I am sure this was premeditated. However, I don’t think one should trust anyone except friends and family. – Nita.

  22. anshuman permalink
    July 13, 2008 8:46 am

    Somehow, this entire story of doemstic help involved does not add up. Police had arrested Krishna from day one, and his accomplice Rajkumar was not bothered for 2 months that anytime Krishna would breakdown and reveal the truth, instead he was working with Durani’s all this time and waiting for the police to come and arrest him. Also could Krishna be such a brutal criminal that he would kill two people the previous night and then go back home and sleep peacefully and wait for the police to come in the morning and arrest him. There are so many of these pieces which don’t gather up.

    anshuman, well appearances are deceptive and such brutal criminals do exist. Apparently he was the one who told the Noida police that R Talwar was guilty and he was the one who was spreading stories about the Talwars and Durranis. That should have made the Noida Police suspicious but they fell for it! – Nita.

  23. July 13, 2008 3:37 pm

    i disagree
    most media houses had their own elaborate theory s on how and who killed her – and even got it down to their graphic or pictorial description.-Ive already said there is no doubt they sold the story s for their trps

    well, you may be right Prax because I hardly watch TV! – Nita

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