Politics over Aarushi murder

The murder of Noida teenager Aarushi Talwar became the new flashpoint between the Congress and Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Bahujan Samaj Party Thursday with a central minister coming down heavily on state Chief Minister Mayawati for “politicising” the sensational murder case.

Women and Child Development Minister Renuka Chowdhury expressed her “anguish and pain” over Mayawati’s statement that the “Congress party has been politicising the Aarushi murder case on the pretext of showing sensitivity to the bereaved families.”

“My reaction is that of great sadness. How sad it is that a woman chief minister thinks that a young girl’s life is equal to politics. However, my reaction to the case comes as a mother, out of great pain and anguish. I only wish that Mayawati would know what it is to feel like that,” Chowdhury said while reacting to Mayawati’s remarks earlier Thursday favouring a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into Aarushi’s murder.

Mayawati said she would be writing to the centre on this. However, even before the letter could be sent, Minister of State for Home Shriprakash Jaiswal said the case was not “fit” for the CBI.

“The Aarushi murder case is not fit for a CBI enquiry. The Uttar Pradesh special task force is already probing the matter,” he said in New Delhi

Mayawati, in a statement read out in Lucknow Thursday, flayed Chowdhury for “meddling” in the case and for issuing “irresponsible statements.”

“They should stop petty politics in a matter that is so serious and sensitive,” the chief minister maintained.

“Why is Mayawati so concerned about this case instead of worrying about law and order?” Chowdhury retorted.

“She should be seeking answers from the Noida police. Is she trying to say that a police officer can get away with saying that the girl was ‘as characterless as her father’?” the minister asked.

“Is this a political yardstick with which we measure public domain, decency and human values?” wondered the angry minister.

Aarushi, a 15-year-old student of Delhi Public School (Noida) was found dead May 16 with her throat slit and multiple stab injuries on her face, chest and neck. The family’s domestic help, 45-year-old Hemraj, who the police initially named as the killer, was also found murdered on the terrace of the house the next day.

Aarushi’s dentist father Rajesh Talwar was arrested May 23 for the murders.

Chowdhury had May 27 accused the Uttar Pradesh police of “insensitivity” in its handling of the case and for making statements that maligned the teenager.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights that comes under Chowdhury’s ministry, has also written to the Uttar Pradesh government expressing its anguish over the “derogatory” language used by Inspector General (Meerut range) Gurdarshan Singh at a press conference May 23, who stated that Talwar had killed Aarushi because he objected to her closeness to Hemraj.