Aarushi Talwar was popular among her friends. Everyday they would meet at a park close to her home in Jalvayu Vihar. Her friends recall she would tell them that she wanted to help people the same way her parents,both dentists,did.
Tuesday marked the 4th anniversary of the murder of the 14-year-old and residents of the area planted a tree at the park in her memory. They also held a memorial service.
Ravinder Sharma,a resident of the area,said,We do this every year to remember her. There has been a protracted legal battle and we are no closer to getting her justice. We want her killers to be brought to justice quickly. She was a popular girl in the colony,who did no harm.
Residents also lit candles and held up posters demanding Justice for Aarushi.
Twenty children,Aarushis friends,also participated in the memorial service.
I remember very clearly the day before the night she was killed. She was extremely happy because her parents had bought her gifts. She told us about them. We used to play all sorts of games together in the colony like hide-an-seek and hopscotch. The day we found out (about her death),we were all in shock. Four years later,it still sounds unreal that she was murdered. I avoid coming to this park now because it reminds me too much of her, a friend said.
Residents of the colony said while earlier they had come out in support of Rajesh and Nupur Talwar,who are now prime suspects in the case,they now just want an early closure.
Sameer Jain,another resident,said,It has been four years since the investigation into the case was launched. The investigating authority has even switched its claim as to who killed her. It is sad because in the past there was a big campaign to get her justice. Now,only the media seems to remember. All we want now is for the trial to begin. The murderers,whoever they are,must be brought to justice. That is the least that she deserves. Till then,I will be here every May 15 to remember her.
Meanwhile,the CBI submitted sealed CDs of forensic evidence to the sessions court in Ghaziabad on Tuesday.
The CDs will be shown to the counsel representing the Talwars inside the court on Wednesday when arguments will begin on framing of charges in the case.