Indian television is engaged in yet another media frenzy tonight, on the closing day of 2010, because India's Central Bureau of Investigation has closed the file on the murder of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar, found with her throat slit two years ago at her parents' middle class home in a suburb of Delhi.
The case is bizarre, and yet for India, alarmingly ordinary. The original policemen called to the scene completely missed the presence of a second victim, the Talwars' manservant, proclaiming him as their chief suspect instead. They wasted an entire day looking for him. If they'd followed the trail of blood up the stairs to the roof, they would have found him all too easily. News reporters were allowed to trample through the crime scene, which they gleefully did, destroying precious evidence in the process. Objective?
Two and a half years on, critical DNA evidence has gone missing. Aarushi's father has been arrested and then released. A third and fourth suspect have been named. And now the CBI says it just can't figure out who killed her... so they're giving up.
This Indian Express editorial hits the nail on the head.