Betrayed: My Cousin’s Wrongful Conviction for the Murder of Her Daughter, Aarushi
The double murder in a New Delhi suburb made headlines around the world. In May 2008, 13-year-old Aarushi Talwar was found dead in her room one morning with her throat slit. After a domestic servant who was the prime suspect was also found murdered, Aarushi's dentist parents, Rajesh and Nupur, were charged. Despite contentious evidence and what appeared to be confessions by others to the crime, the couple were found guilty in November 2013 and sentenced to life in prison. Now, in a Star Dispatches ebook, Toronto Star journalist Shree Paradkar chronicles the farcical investigation and trial that led to the Talwars' sentence. Betrayed: My Cousin’s Wrongful Conviction for the Murder of Her Daughter, Aarushi is a stinging indictment of India’s law-enforcement and legal systems and a heartbreaking portrayal of a couple who, instead of being able to grieve their daughter's death, have been tormented in its wake.
Shree Paradkar grew up in Bangalore, India, where she worked as a reporter at the Times of India. She was an editor at The Straits Times in Singapore. In Canada, she was founding editor of the award-winning magazine Desi Life, published by the Toronto Star. She currently works on the Toronto Star’s breaking news desk and is home page editor of www.thestar.com.