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India's Aarushi Talwar murder trial due to begin

Aarushi Talwar
Image caption The mystery of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar's death is one of India's most notorious unsolved murders

The trial in the case of murdered Indian schoolgirl Aarushi Talwar is due to begin.

Aarushi's parents, dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, have been charged with her murder and destruction of evidence.

Dr Rajesh Talwar has also been charged with misleading the investigations. The couple deny all the charges.

The brutal murders of Aarushi and her male domestic help, Hemraj, in 2008 shocked the country.

Dr Talwar has been in jail since 30 April and her bail application is pending in court.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, the country's federal police service, says circumstantial evidence points to the parents' involvement in Aarushi's death, but there is a lack of hard evidence.

The gruesome tale of murder in an affluent Delhi suburb has generated huge interest in India.

Aarushi, 14, was murdered in her bedroom at the family home in Noida district while her parents slept.

A day later, the bludgeoned body of Hemraj was found on the roof.

Aarushi's father was arrested and later freed. Three other men, Dr Talwar's dental assistant and two servants employed by the family's friends and neighbours, were also questioned and released.

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