We are in the age of mental progression and scientific thinking yet simple logic is beyond our grasp. It has been 9 years since the gruesome murder of 14 year old Aarushi Talwar. Even though justice has been dispensed and her parents have been freed from prison, we are no closer now to finding out who is/are the real murderer(s).

All the newspapers and news sites have been flooded with the news about the case. They repeat again and again what a tragedy it was and how the agencies should have made a judgement based on logic and not on their own presumptions.

In a society that values its history above all else, is it right to character assassinate that person?

Virtually everything that is banned in the rule book was followed leading to a mess of a murder case. The case was botched due to evidence being trampled on, literally. Even though instructions were given to complete certain tasks, they were completed only a day later. Is it that the rules are only to be followed when it benefits our own purposes?

How does society not feel the need to curb sexual violence?

When laws like standing up for the national anthem in cinema halls or banning the killing of cows are not followed, we immediately have society taking the law into their own hands and dishing out punishments they see fit. How does society not feel the need to curb sexual violence? Why do some cases consume so much of our attention, time, money, etc. whereas mass sexual violence and atrocities against children like bullying, sexual abuse and rape are continued to be swept under the carpet.

Why is it that when a murder case involves a young girl or lady, the first thing that comes to mind is an honour killing? If honour killing is ruled out, the next thought is based on the character of the person. In a society that values its history above all else, is it right to character assassinate that person? We pride ourselves on being progressive yet children are being routinely abused by family, through brutal corporal punishment, sexual abuse, etc. which is a norm in most families in our country.

The case is a chilling reminder of how the thoughts of our society are being influenced and convoluted. We should strive to provide equal justice to all and follow the facts, not the fiction.

Kyros Echaporia, part of Safecity’s Writer’s Movement, is a 9th grade student studying in Vibgyor High school in Pune. He listens to music and reads in his spare time. He loves putting his thoughts down on paper. Currently, he is a member of the Vibgyor High Student Social Responsibility Cell and the Vibgyor High Greaders Club.

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