Aarushi Case and the Fault in Our Police Force

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Aarushi Case and the Fault in Our Police Force

Illustration: Akshita Monga/Arré


very other day, our phones buzz with a new fact: A chest-thumping social-media forward which lists India having joined a select club of nations that have managed a tech marvel. We got one recently, when India announced its plan for the bullet train. It was time for a collective middle-class hurrah, to feel pleased that we had been born in a great country. And then to promptly go back to our power cuts, road bumps, garbage dumps, and thousands of bumbling, clueless, and professionally challenged police officials across our states.

It’s this existence of many Indias – often hundred versions exist next to each other within a 10-kilometre radius – which shaped and then unshaped India’s most sensational crime mystery, the double murder of Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj Banjade in 2008. Who interpreted the gripping mystery which way depended entirely on which India one grew up in. Sadly, so did the investigators.