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Aarushi case: Hemraj’s family welcome court move, hope for justice

world Updated: May 25, 2012 13:40 IST
Utpal Parashar
Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times
Khum Kala

One family in Nepal is very happy to learn about the Noida CBI court’s decision ordering framing of murder and destruction of evidence charges against Dr. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the four-year-old Aarushi-Hemraj double murder.

After years of uncertainty and despair, this family—Hemraj’s wife Khum Kala, son Prajal (16) and mother Krishna Kala (81) now see a ray of hope.

Unaware of the court’s decision till HT called them up at Dharapani, a remote village in Arghakhanchi district of Nepal, nearly 400 km south-west of Kathmandu, they expressed faith in the Indian judicial system.

“Nothing much had happened in the past four years. The court’s move has given up fresh hope that we will finally get justice,” said Khum Kala over phone from Dharapani.

Struggling since her husband Hemraj Banjade’s murder, the 44-year-old hasn’t kept track of the minute details of the case. But she believes Talwars had a role in both the murders.

“Why are they out of prison? My husband is no more and they are the ones responsible. They should be given the most stringent of punishment or we all should be given poison to end our miseries,” she said.

With no income, the family is having a hard time as Prajal is suffering from allergic asthmatic bronchitis, Khum Kala needs to operate her right hand and Krishna Kala also needs medical attention.

When Hemraj was alive, he used to send two around two-three thousand rupees every month from his earnings. Now Khum Kala depends on her brother and Noida-based son-in-law Jeevan Sharma to make ends meet.

“Talwars never bothered to inquire about Hemraj’s family after the murder. Even if they give a day’s amount spent on their lawyers, it would sustain the family for months,” said Jeevan.

Khum Kala says when Hemraj had visited home after starting work with Talwars he had mentioned about the doctor’s short temper and how he used to get very angry at minor things. He was dead five months later.

“I think Aarushi’s parents are responsible for both murders. Either the couple committed the crime themselves or employed others to do it. They are rich people and could have influenced investigation at the initial stage,” she had told HT last year.