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Nupur Talwar arrives at the Supreme Court in connection with the hearing of her plea seeking a stay on the non-bailable warrant issued against her by a trial court in connection with the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case, in New Delhi.

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Nupur Talwar arrives at the Supreme Court in connection with the hearing of her plea seeking a stay on the non-bailable warrant issued against her by a trial court in connection with the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case, in New Delhi.

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Rajesh Talwar being produced in a special CBI court in Ghaziabad in connection with the Aarushi Talwar-Hemraj double murder case.

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Alistair Pereira, who was convicted for mowing down seven persons in 2006, being taken to a police station after he surrendered in a special court at Sewri in Mumbai.

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A combo clockwise from top left - Umesharam Bhishnoi, Bishnaram Bhisnoi, Om Parkash Bhishnoi and Kailash Jakhar, accused in the Bhanwari Devi missing case and members of Bishnaram Bishnoi gang, being produced in a CBI court in Jodhpur.

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Former Rajasthan Minister Mahipal Maderna is taken away after he was produced in a CBI court in Jodhpur in the Bhanwari Devi abduction case. The court remanded Maderna in judicial custody till December 24.

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Framed? Asian Age journalist Jigna Vora being produced in a Mumbai court

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Maria leaves jail after her release, July 2

Neeraj’s TV friends and family at a vigil in Mumbai to protest the verdict, July 3, 2011

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A woman takes part in a protest march in Mumbai to express outrage against the judgement in the May 2008 killing of television executive Neeraj Grover.

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Mumbai Friends of Neeraj Grover shout slogans during the press conference addressed by Maria Susairaj at the press Club in Mumbai.

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Kannada actress Maria Susairaj addressing a press conference at the Mumbai Press Club after being released from the Byculla jail in Mumbai. Maria, who walked out of jail after serving more than three years behind bars in Neeraj Grover murder case, claimed she is innocent and the conviction is a "stigma" on her life.

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Kannada actress Maria Susairaj being released from the Byculla jail in Mumbai a day after a sessions court sentenced her to a maximum three years' imprisonment in the Neeraj Grover killing case. She was released on the ground that she had already served her sentence during trial.

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Jerome is taken back to Taloja jail after being sentenced to 10-years jail term in connection with Neeraj Grover murder case in Mumbai.

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Jerome is taken back to Taloja jail after being sentenced to 10-years jail term in connection with Neeraj Grover murder case in Mumbai.

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Kannada actress Maria Susairaj being produced in session court in Mumbai in connection with TV executive Neeraj Grover killing case. Former Navy officer Emile Jerome and his girlfriend Susairaj, were awarded rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and three years respectively by a Mumbai court. Jerome was convicted on the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304 (part I) IPC which attracts life term in jail or imprisonment up to ten years. Both he and Maria were also found guilty of trying to destroy evidence under section 201 IPC which provides for a maximum three years in jail. Since Maria has already served more than three years in prison, she was set free.

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Kannada actress Maria Susairaj being produced in session court in Mumbai in connection with TV executive Neeraj Grover killing case. Former Navy officer Emile Jerome and his girlfriend Susairaj, were awarded rigorous imprisonment of 10 years and three years respectively by a Mumbai court. Jerome was convicted on the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under section 304 (part I) IPC which attracts life term in jail or imprisonment up to ten years. Both he and Maria were also found guilty of trying to destroy evidence under section 201 IPC which provides for a maximum three years in jail. Since Maria has already served more than three years in prison, she was set free.

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Khumkala Banjade (L) wife of Hemraj, who was killed along with teenaged girl Aarushi, speaks at a press conference in Noida. Hemrajs wife, moved a local court, trying the double murder case, seeking recording of her statement about a purported conversation with her husband who had talked of "threat" to his life and said she suspected the hands of the Talwars in the killings.

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Rajesh and Nupur Talwar arrive at a court for a hearing in connection with CBI's closure report in the murder case of their daughter Aarushi, in Ghaziabad.

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File photo shows Rajesh and Nupur Talwar arrive at a court for a hearing in connection with CBI's closure report in the murder case of their daughter Aarushi, in Ghaziabad on Jan 3. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were made an accused in the murder of their teenage daughter Aarushi by a special CBI court which rejected the agency's closure report in the over two-year old double-murder case.

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Utsav Sharma the youth who attacked Rajesh Talwar, father of murdered teen Aarushi, is beaten by advocates at a Ghaziabad court.

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The youth who attacked Rajesh Talwar, father of murdered teen Aarushi, being taken away by the police, at a Ghaziabad court.

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Rajesh Talwar, father of murdered teen, Aarushi, being rushed to hospital after he was attacked by a youth at a Ghaziabad court premises. Talwar, who had gone to the court to file a petition demanding a fresh probe by the CBI in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case was attacked by an unidentified youth outside a Ghaziabad court, leaving him profusely bleeding from the head.

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Rajesh Talwar, father of murdered teen, Aarushi, being rushed to hospital after he was attacked by a youth at a Ghaziabad court premises.

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Rajesh Talwar, father of murdered teenager Aarushi, arrives at a CBI court in Ghaziabad.

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Accused persons of Haryana's Mirchpur case relating to the alleged attack on Dalits by members of the upper caste community, being shifted to Tihar Jail after they were produced in a court at Rohini in New Delhi.

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Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar arrive at a court for a hearing in connection with CBI's closure report in the murder case of their teenage daughter Aarushi, in Ghaziabad. A special CBI court directed the investigating agency to give a copy of the closure report in the Aarushi-Hemraj double murder case to the parents of the murdered teenager and posted for January 21 its decision on the issue of closing the probe. While hearing the case, the CBI opposed the appeal by Aarushi's father Rajesh Talwar to get a copy of the report, saying that he was arrested as an accused in the case.

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Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, parents of Aarushi Talwar, during a peaceful procession demanding justice in their daughter's murder case, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The CBI has recently filed a report asking the court in Ghaziabad to close the case.

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Friends and relatives of Aarushi Talwar light candles near her portrait during a peaceful procession demanding justice in Talwar' murder case, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The CBI has recently filed a report asking the court in Ghaziabad to close the case.

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Members of the NGO, Nirman Noida, and students hold placards demanding justice for domestic help Hemraj who was killled in the Aarushi double murder case, in Noida.

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Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar arrive at a court for a hearing in connection with CBI's closure report in the murder case of their teenage daughter Aarushi, in Ghaziabad. A special CBI court registered the investigating agency's closure report in the Aarushi Talwar murder case after a probe that lasted two-and-a-half-years.

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Chairperson of National Commission for Women Girija Vyas speaks to the media on the closure report filed by CBI in Aarushi murder case, in New Delhi.

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His smirk is back. Former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore walks out from Burail Jail in Chandigarh, a day after he was granted bail in Ruchika murder case.

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Former senior police officer SPS Rathore is taken away by Central Bureau of Investigation officials after a sessions court increased his jail term in Chandigarh from six months to one-and-a-half years prison term for molesting 14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra 20 years back.

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Former cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi with his lawars at Faridabad district court before a hearing in connection with the Black Buck hunting case.

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Still Smiling! Former DGP of Haryana S P S Rathore, accused in Ruchika molestation case, after being stabbed thrice in the face by a youth with a knife that left him bleeding outside a local court hearing his appeal in the case.

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Former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, convicted in Ruchika molestation case, was today stabbed thrice in the face by a youth with a knife that left him bleeding outside a local court hearing his appeal in the case.

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S.P.S. Rathore after the Ruchika verdict

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Nooriya Haveliwala, under the influence of alcohol rammed her car into a police jeep and a bike, leaving an assistant sub-inspector and the biker dead and four policemen seriously injured, being taken to the accident spot for an investigation, in Mumbai.

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Prabhu Shankar Agarwal, owner of confectionary chain Haldiram, being brought to a city court in connection with a murder case, in Kolkata. Agarwal and four others were today convicted by a city court for conspiring and attempting to murder a tea stall owner.

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Former Haryana Director General of Police SPS Rathore seen smiling with his wife as the duo come out of the court that convicted him of molestation of 14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra in 1990 but sentenced him only to six months in prison along with a fine of Rs 1,000

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Former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore's lawyer and wife Abha Rathore coming out of the Panchkula district court. A local court today reserved its order on the anticipatory bail sought by Rathore till Friday, following registration of two fresh FIRs levelling serious criminal charges against him in a teenaged girl's molestation case.

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Former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore, convicted in Ruchika molestation case, comes out of the session court in Panchkula, Haryana. The government decided to strip Rathore of his police medal as it put in place a mechanism for automatic withdrawal of such decorations to convicted officers. In further trouble for Rathore, Haryana Police today slapped a fresh charge of abetment to suicide under section 306 of IPC against him.

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Ruchika's father SC Girhotra talking to the media after a meeting with Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in New Delhi. 14-year-old Ruchika, a budding tennis player, was molested in 1990 by SPS Rathore, the then Inspector General of Police in Chandigarh who went on to retire as Haryana Director General of Police. SPS Rathore was sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of Rs 1,000 as he was not charged with abetment to suicide.

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19 years and six months later, justice finally caught up with former Haryana Director General of Police SPS Rathore -- but in a manner that was truly one of national shame. It was not only a case of justice delayed being a case of justice denied but a shocking testimony to subversion of law by powerful men. He was finally convicted of molestation of 14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra in 1990. But was sentenced only to six months in prison and a fine of Rs 1,000. And was immediately released on bail on a surety of Rs 10,000. Coming out of the court with his wife, Rathore, grinning widely, as captured in this Indian Express photograph, he told the press: “I am relieved today. Thanks to my lovely wife who stood by me.” Between September 6, 1992, and August 30, 1993, the Haryana Police, instead of prosecuting their then IG, SPS Rathore began persecuting Ruchika's family, and registered six FIRs against her 14-year-old brother for auto thefts. He was fully acquitted, but the humiliation and the harassment continued. Four months after the sixth FIR was filed against her brother Ruchika, by then 17, committed suicide. Rathore was not charged for abetment first. Much later, the Haryana

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People take part in a candle light procession demanding justice for Ruchika at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. 14-year-old Ruchika, a budding tennis player, was molested in 1990 by SPS Rathore, the then Inspector General of Police in Chandigarh who went on to retire as Haryana Director General of Police. SPS Rathore was sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of Rs 1,000 as he was not charged with abetment to suicide.

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Naval officer Emile Jerome Mathew accused in the Neeraj Grover murder case being taken for a routine check up at St George Hospital in Mumbai.

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BJP Mahila Morcha activists push a barricade while being stopped by the police during a protest march against the parole of Manu Sharma, convicted in the Jessica Lall murder case, outside Delhi CM's residence in New Delhi.

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The Delhi HC gave BMW hit-and-run accused Sanjeev Nanda a break, his sentence was reduced to 2 years. But the court was acerbic on how "witnesses were bought".

ABVP activists who were accused in the murder of Ujjain's professor Sabharwal, being welcomed after they were acquitted by the Nagpur court, in Bhopal.

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Does anyone remember the media hyped Noida twin murder case? Even after four months, the CBI and the police are clueless about Aarushi and Hemraj murder mystery. But in an affidavit filed before the apex court, UP police maintains that it had conducted a fair investigation and observed all necessary rules under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) before arresting Dr Talwar, Aarushi's father. "There is sufficient evidence collected by the investigating officer of the case which prima facie proves the involvement of Dr Rajesh Talwar in the double murder". Whether it was enough to be giving those magisterial press-conferences presumably remained unaddressed.

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Friday, September 12, 2008
So was it the perfect murder? The CBI did not have enough evidence against Krishna, the prime suspect in the Noida Aarushi Talwar murder case, and he had to be released on bail, leaving the country's premier investigative agency with no one as the accused. Also See: Urban Crime

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July 10
After spending 50 days in jail, finally Dr Rajesh Talwar was released on bail as the CBI admitted that there was no evidence against him in the controversial murder case of his daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. The CBI now claims to have cracked the case but their claims are based only on the inadmissible evidence gathered after a string of narco analyses tests. They now claim that Krishna, the compounder of  Dr Talwar was involved in the twin murders along with two more associates, Raj Kumar and Vijay Mandal. But serious questions remain.

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Dr. Nupur Talwar (R), wife of Dr. Rajesh Talwar, one of the prime accused in the Noida twin-murder case, coming out from the CBI designated court in Ghaziabad. Dr. Rajesh Talwar's judicial custody has yet again been extended up to July 11, 2008.

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Saturday June 28, 2008 
The Noida-double murder case that caught the national imagination seemed all set for further twists and turns with the arrest of Rajkumar, the domestic help of Durranis, the friends of the Talwar couple. CBI sources revealed that Rajkumar confessed that he had destroyed Arushi’s cell phone and that he could lead them to the khukri with which the murders were committed.

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Aarushi Talwar's father, Rajesh Talwar being taken to Dasna Jail, in Ghaziabad on Thursday June 19, 2008. His judicial custody has been extended by 14 days and he will undergo another lie detector test on Friday (June 20), according to a designated court order.

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Tuesday June 17, 2008
The Noida double-murder case continued to hog headlines. The CBI claimed before a special court that Krishna, the compounder of Dr Rajesh Talwar, has confessed to involvement in the crime and that he would help the agency in recovering the weapon used in the twin murder. CBI, consequently, has been allowed custody of Krishna for six extra days. Meanhile, the CBI carried out five different tests on Krishna, including a narco analysis test, and found that there were several inconsistencies in his statements. The week also saw the CBI subject Arushi's mother Nupur Talwar to a lie-detector test and her dentist father Rajesh Talwar to a psycho-analysis test.  Raj Kumar, the domestic help of Anita Durrani, an associate of the Talwars, was also interrogated and subjected to a lie-detector test, his mobile phone was seized and sent for forensic examination. Also See: Urban Crime

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More than three weeks after Noida dentist Rajesh Talwar was held on the charge of killing his teenaged daughter Aarushi, the CBI has also arrested his compounder Krishna(inset) for alleged involvement in a criminal conspiracy in the case. Krishna was placed under arrest on the basis of reports of all forensic and scientific tests conducted on him. The CBI claims he had "allegedly played a role in destruction of evidence", without divulging any further information on Krishna's involvement in the case.

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The Noida double murder seems to be getting convoluted by the day. The newest suspect is Dr. Rajesh Talwar's compounder Krishna. CBI sources now are talking of a 'pre-meditated conspiracy' rather than Noida police's theory of a 'murder of passion'. After a rigorous lie-detector test, Krishna was subjected to a Narco-Analysis test on June 12. He underwent a polygraph test on June 12, the third this week. Though these tests are not legally admissible, the CBI has been hoping to get vital leads from them. They did get a lot of 'I don't knows' as answers for most of the questions. Krishna is suspected of being familiar with the domestic help, Hemraj and of knowing details regarding the relationship of Talwars with Durranis, their business partners. Meanwhile, Krishna's family has said that he is innocent and has been appealing against his detention by the CBI.

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After much had gone down the drains in the intervening weeks, it finally occurred to someone to search them near the Aarushi Talwar household of Noida double-murder ill-fame. The CBI brought in sweepers in an effort to find the murder-weapons, but could find nothing. Noida police, it turns out, had not even taken any pictures of the crime scene, leaving the investigation process as clueless as it could get. Footage from TV channels, therefore, was commissioned. The wait for Dr Rajesh Talwar, Aarushi's father and so far the main suspect in Noida twin murder case, continues behind bars as a CBI court has declined to hear his bail application saying it was not empowered for the same. Meanwhile, Aarushi’s mother Nupur Talwar has lodged a strong protest with the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) against television channels and a production house. Talwar has complained that TV channels have perpetuated the character assassination of her daughter started by the investigating agency (UP police in this case). Meanwhile, a TV production house is said to be planning to incorporate the murder episode as part of its TV serial and "glorify honour killing". She has demanded an apology from TV channels and demanded that strict legal action be taken against them. Also See: Urban Crime

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Sunday June 01, 2008 
The public outrage over the botched up investigation and the conduct of the UP police officers saw the Noida double murder case passed on to the CBI. Within hours, UP Chief Minister Mayawati moved in quickly to transfer all the top cops involved with the case: Inspector General (IG) Gurdarshan Singh, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) P C Meena of Meerut Range, and Senior Superintendent of Police of Noida A S Ganesh. After more than two weeks, it was ironical to finally see the scene of the crime cordoned off  -- with one full company (with as many as 70 personnel) of Seema Sashtra Bal surrounding the Talwar residence. A 25-member crack team of CBI sleuths headed by a Joint Director, accompanied by head of the department of Forensic Science of All India Medical Institute and Director of Central Forensic and Scientific laboratory, also ceremoniously arrived at the Talwar residence to collect evidence. The word from the agency is that the crime could have been solved within 24 hours if only the UP police had bothered to observe basic investigative measures. “The room in which Aarushi was killed was not even sealed. In fact the police allowed the family and relatives to perform prayers in the room,” the CBI sources pointed out. Aarushi's father Dr. Rajesh Talwar was on Tuesday remanded to two days' CBI custody by a designated court in Ghaziabad after the probe agency claimed he was not cooperating in the investigation. As we write, the court has granted two more days' remand of Talwar to the CBI to enable it question him further. The CBI counsel had informed the court that he needed to be grilled further as he was not cooperating. Also See: Urban Crime

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Tuesday May 27, 2008
The controversial Noida double murder involving 14-year-old Arushi Talwar took a sensational turn with the arrest of Arushi's father, dentist Rajesh Talwar, on May 23, followed by her mother Nupur Talwar speaking out in her husband's defence. Meanwhile, the Talwar family has demanded a CBI enquiry in the case, and has also filed a contempt petition against the police alleging that Dr Rajesh Talwar's lawyers were not informed about his whereabouts and that he has been taken to an undisclosed location which is in violation of the court's order. Meanwhile, Noida police justifiably faces censure from all sections of civil society for its glaring errors of omission and commission and seemingly speaking out of turn and presenting unsubstantiated speculation and conjecture as motive.

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Tuesday March 25, 2008
Under pressure on the credibility of police probe in the death of British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling, Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat finally said that the state government is willing to hand over the case to the CBI.  The Goa police has confirmed that Scarlett’s mother Fiona was already issued a no-objection certificate to take the body back to her home town of Devon in the U.K.next week for final rites.  Also See: Out There, Alone

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Scarlett Keeling, a 15-year-old British national was drugged, raped and murdered on Anjuna beach in Goa on February 18, 2008. The controversial case that made international headlines has once again brought Goa's ugly underbelly into the picture as Fiona MacKeown, Scarlett's mother, appealed to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to look at the case after she accused the local police of trying to cover up the murder. Keeling's bruised and partially naked body was found last month, with the police at first saying she had drowned in the Arabian Sea. But a second autopsy demanded by MacKeown has forced the police to finally launch a murder probe. MacKeown's allegations have led to a backlash against the 43-year-old mother of nine, who brought seven of her children to Goa for six months in November.  Also See: Out There, Alone

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