NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Monday found a dentist couple guilty of murdering their 14-year-old daughter and a servant five years ago, in a dramatic finale to a case that transfixed the country and tapped unease on both sides of the rich-poor divide.
Aarushi Talwar was found with her throat slit at the family home in Noida, an affluent town of new shopping malls and offices near Delhi, in 2008. A day later, the body of the family servant, Hemraj, was discovered.
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were convicted and remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on Tuesday.
Naresh Yadav, a lawyer present in court, told reporters waiting outside that the couple and members of their family broke down in tears when the verdict was read out.
Early in the investigation, police alleged Rajesh had murdered his daughter and servant in a rage after finding them in a compromising situation. Both parents were later charged, but the Talwars always denied the murder and blamed sensational media coverage for demonizing them and damaging their defense.
They also described a Kafkaesque trail of botched police operations, arrests, “truth serum” tests and contradictory rulings by different investigative bodies.
Rebecca John, one of the lawyers representing the Talwars, said they would appeal the ruling in a higher court.
The Talwars were compared in the verdict to “freaks in the history of mankind where the father and mother became the killer of their own progeny.”
Judge Shyam Lal said the Talwars had also been found guilty “of secreting and obliterating the evidence of the commission of the murders to screen themselves from legal punishment.”