School, college students rally for Aarushi Talwar

Sentiments ran high as hundreds of people, mainly youngsters, gathered at Jantar Mantar on Sunday evening to ask for justice for murdered teenager Aarushi Talwar.
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Updated on Jan 31, 2011 12:59 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sentiments ran high as hundreds of people, mainly youngsters, gathered at Jantar Mantar on Sunday evening to ask for justice for murdered teenager Aarushi Talwar.

"We want justice for Aarushi. We don't care who killed her but the murderer must be punished. That is all we are asking for," said Shivani MS, a Delhi University student who, along with three other friends, had organised a candlelight march to demand justice for Aarushi who was killed at her Noida home in May, 2008.

The march was attended primarily by college and school students from across the city along with friends and relatives of Aarushi Talwar.

Organised days after Rajesh Talwar, Aarushi's father, was attacked and injured by an assailant, the march included people who varied greatly in their opinions about the case.

"Blaming the parents will not get the police anywhere. I don't believe that they killed Aarushi. This march should give a push to the government to provide justice to Aarushi and her family," said Vidushi Durani, Aarushi's schoolmate.

Carrying placards saying 'Justice delayed is justice denied' and 'Justice for Aarushi', the students shouted slogans and lit candles in front of Aarushi's pictures.

Along with a demand for justice, the rallyists also demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) get a touch DNA done.

"No stone should be left unturned in the effort to get Aarushi's killer behind bars. If touch DNA can provide conclusive evidence, get it done. We don't care who the killer is, we just want the CBI to come up with concrete proof and not blame everybody and anybody," said Surbhi Pande, Aarushi's school friend.

But not everybody at the march was hopeful of a positive outcome.

"Nothing is going to happen. We will all go back and no action will be taken. It is because of this lackadaisical attitude that frustrations are vented out violently. This is exactly why Rajesh Talwar was attacked. It is not the assailant's fault but the state's failure," said Rishabh Sharma, a student of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprasth University, who was present at the protest march.

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