'Couldn't Save My Dear Aaru': Rajesh Talwar Jail Diary Excerpted in New Book

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'Couldn't Save My Dear Aaru': Rajesh Talwar Jail Diary Excerpted in New Book

Dentists Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were handed over life imprisonment in 2013 for the murder of their daughter Aarushi.

New Delhi:  Who killed Aarushi Talwar in her bedroom next to the room where her parents were asleep has transfixed India as one of the country's greatest unsolved mysteries.

In 2013, dentists Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were sentenced to life by a court in Uttar Pradesh for killing their 13-year-old daughter and domestic help Hemraj at their apartment in Noida, a suburb of Delhi.

A new book by journalist Avirook Sen says his investigation proves that the Talwars, who have appealed against their conviction, have been wrongly indicted as killers.

His book carries excerpts from a diary that Rajesh Talwar began writing on November 25, 2013, the day when his wife and he were found guilty. Here are some of the entries from that diary (Excerpted from Aarushi by Avirook Sen with permission from Penguin Books India):

27 Nov, 2013: Met Nupur at about 1 pm. She was looking very ragged and tired. Wanted to meet someone from home, she was worried about her dad. But the place is so far ... how can they come every day? I knew once both of us go in less people will visit, maybe not more than once a week. No one can stop this world. Hope we can meet someone together tomorrow. The things that one takes for granted outside... Want to talk very badly with my own people, but can't... It's only been three days.

29 Nov, 2013: Met the jail superintendent [JS] regarding something to do for Nupur and myself. He really shocked us by saying that the media is asking why we were not being sent to Agra [jail]. That if it happens will completely finish us. Anyway gave an application and hope that does not happen.

3 Dec, 2013: Still can't understand how this happened to us. If only I would have gotten up... I could not even save my dear Aaru. Very difficult to live without her.

5 Dec, 2013: I should be able to start the dental clinic in a day or two but still nothing for Nupur to do. How will she pass the time?

8 Dec, 2013: Will try and meet Nupur. Wonder what happened with the appeal. The complete lack of information and knowing that this can be endless leaves one with a very bad feeling. Miss Aaru so much and that time and our life. People talk about their children and what they are doing. They come and meet them in jail. But for us, nothing.

12 Dec, 2013: Went to the hospital and checked out all the stuff. Met with the law mantri since deputy jailer had called me there. Felt like some sort of an animal in a zoo whom people want to see.

18 Dec, 2013: This is the 25th year of our marriage and we will celebrate 25 years on the 19th of January. Could anybody imagine where we would be on our 25th anniversary? No Aaru, no house, no clinic, no money, and sitting in jail for something we haven't done.

19 Dec, 2013: Just kept daydreaming of what would happen if the incident had not happened. Miss Aaru so much. Wonder where she is, and what she would feel if she saw us like this. Just no way to prove innocence. No one has proved anything in this case. Just that they are not satisfied by our reply.

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