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Presenting Khooni -The Crimes of India Podcast, where every week two Indian girls, try to navigate the murky waters of true crime in their country. Join us as we narrate, bemoan and sometimes (only sometimes! we promise) joke about the sordid but riveting details of each case. Whether you are a true crime aficionado, budding sleuth, secret deviant, or just looking for something interesting to jazz up your boring commute or jog, this podcast has a little something for all of you!

Khooni : The Crimes of India KhooniCast

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Presenting Khooni -The Crimes of India Podcast, where every week two Indian girls, try to navigate the murky waters of true crime in their country. Join us as we narrate, bemoan and sometimes (only sometimes! we promise) joke about the sordid but riveting details of each case. Whether you are a true crime aficionado, budding sleuth, secret deviant, or just looking for something interesting to jazz up your boring commute or jog, this podcast has a little something for all of you!

    29. The Hangings at Burari

    29. The Hangings at Burari

    Every member of a seemingly happy family in Burari, dies by suicide in one single night. No one can figure out why...there were no money problems, no triggering event, nothing. But once the police digs deeper, dark secrets tumble out. Tune in to our latest episode, to find out.
    CCTV Footage of the family from 30th June, 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ExA4LpHZB8 (Source: India Today)
    Sources:
    1. https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-burari-case-neighbours-recall-family-as-helpful-2632031
    2. https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/lalit-s-dead-dad-prescribed-rituals-punishment-1282273-2018-07-11
    3. Cult Formation, Robert J. Lifton, M.D., The Harvard Mental Health Letter, Volume 7, Number 8 February 1981, http://www.csj.org/studyindex/studycult/study_lifton2.htm
    4. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2009/may/27/cults-definition-religion
    5. https://theprint.in/india/governance/delhi-family-of-11-hanged-itself-to-thank-gods-for-manglik-daughters-marriage/119547/
    6. https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/110718/burari-case-diaries-wandering-souls-family-may-not-see-next-diwali.html
    7. https://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/burari-family-of-11-waited-for-god-to-save-them-instead-got-death/story-bvzsc2kc75x8sVlWbyAsWJ.html
    8. https://www.msdmanuals.com/professional/psychiatric-disorders/schizophrenia-and-related-disorders/shared-psychosis
    9. https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2007/07/12/mymensingh-joint-suicide-defies-common-sense

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    28. Marichjhapi Massacre

    28. Marichjhapi Massacre

    A group of beleaguered refugees arrive on an uninhabited island in the Sundarbans to create a new life for themselves, only to have their dreams crushed by government sponsored caste violence. Listen to our latest episode to learn about a massacre, almost worse than the anti-muslim pogrom in Gujrat (2002) or the anti-sikh genocide (1984), but very little talked about. 

    Check out The Pod Store by Aman Seth:
    1. Linktree: https://linktr.ee/Thepodstore
    2. Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/show/6wDT8kiyUCivQZ5eF3yTaq?si=PvSKv3U6ShW0Uuf2EfzUwQ
    3. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCma8XYAeUr5xviZw_Ak7qKg

    Sources:
    1. Mallick, Ross. "Refugee Resettlement in Forest Reserves: West Bengal Policy Reversal and the Marichjhapi Massacre." The Journal of Asian Studies 58, no. 1 (1999): 104-25. https://www.jstor.org/stable/2658391
    2. Annu Jalais. "Dwelling on Morichjhanpi: When Tigers Became 'Citizens', Refugees 'Tiger-Food'." Economic and Political Weekly 40, no. 17 (2005): 1757-762. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4416535
    3. https://www.forwardpress.in/2016/09/hindu-casteism-led-to-the-creation-of-east-pakistan/
    4. https://thewire.in/history/partition-dalits-bengal
    5. https://kolkata-partition-museum.org/chronicling-resettlement/#h
    6. https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/forests/tribal-communities-suffer-when-evicted-in-the-name-of-conservation-64376
    7. http://www.millenniumpost.in/kolkata/ace-journalist-sukharanjan-sengupta-passes-away-274506
    8. https://theprint.in/opinion/40-yrs-ago-the-left-mercilessly-massacred-dalit-bengalis-now-its-back-to-haunt-them/235648/

    DOCUMENTARY on MARICHJHAPI: https://canvaspix.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/marichjhanpi/

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    27. The Joshi Abhyankar Murders

    27. The Joshi Abhyankar Murders

    The peace and tranquility of mid 70s Pune is busted by a ruthless home invasion spree. Listen to our episode to find out more. PLUS, update on the Hathras Case.

    Article on medico legal report of Hathras Victim:

    https://thewire.in/women/aligarh-jnmch-hathras-victim-mlc-report-up-police-rape

    Websites:

    1. https://web.archive.org/web/20110715150717/http://www.rahulchandawarkar.com/news/gene

    ral/general03float.htm

    2. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/joshi-abhyankar-killings-before-nirbhaya-case-4-convicts-

    were-last-hanged-in-a-day-in-1983-says-repo-2161621

    3. https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/crime/story/19770131-dashmi-nights-terror-poona-city-

    in-grip-of-panic-after-gruesome-murders-of-two-families-823566-2014-07-22

    4. Munawar Harun Shah and Ors. v State Of Maharashtra, AIR 1983 SC 585,

    https://indiankanoon.org/doc/667963/

    Books:

    1. Twisted - a Profile of Indian Serial Killers by Sampada Karandikar and Shirish Thorat

    (Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.in/Twisted-Profile-Indian-Serial-

    Killers/dp/9388424182/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=twisted+book&qid=1601806851&sr=

    8-3)

    2. The Deadly Dozen: India's Most Notorious Serial Killers by Anirban Bhattacharya (amazon

    link: https://www.amazon.in/Deadly-Dozen-Indias-Notorious-

    Killers/dp/0143445723/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2VZXL1KWSYH9V&dchild=1&keywords=the+deadl

    y+dozen&qid=1601806907&sprefix=the+deadl%2Caps%2C319&sr=8-2)

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    The Hathras Incident

    The Hathras Incident

    Aditi talks about the tragic and appalling incident at Hathras.
    #Hathras

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    26. The Noida Double Murder - Part 3

    26. The Noida Double Murder - Part 3

    In this final instalment of the noida double murders we talk about the change of guard at CBI, investigation into the three domestics helps, and a deeper dive into all the evidence.
    Also a huge thank you to our listener Sharad Dhuliya for the wonderful artwork for this episode! You can check out his work at @sharad_dhuliya on instagram!
    Videos:
    1. Gurdarshan Singh’s Press Conference on 23rd May 2008 (source: Zee News), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uukxSyLjRMU
    2. Nupur Talwar’s first interview to NDTV on 24th May 2008 (source: NDTV), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyxGTNUwOmo
    Books:
    1. Aarushi, author: Avirook Sen
    2. The Killing of Aarushi and the Murder of Justice , author: Rajesh Talwar
    Websites:
    1. Slander And Lies, Nisha Susan, Tehelka Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 23, June 14, 2008, https://web.archive.org/web/20131202231828/http://archive.tehelka.com/story_main39.asp?filename=Ne140608slanderandlies.asp
    2. The House We Blew Down, Gaurav Jain, Tehelka Magazine, Volume 8, Issue , February 19, 2011, https://web.archive.org/web/20160410210501/http://www.tehelka.com/2011/02/the-house-we-blew-down/?singlepage=1
    3. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/aarushis-mobile-found-but-can-it-help-401476
    4. https://www.thequint.com/news/india/how-tv-news-destroyed-the-aarushi-hemraj-case
    5. https://www.ndtv.com/opinion/newsroom-actually-nupur-talwar-cried-copiously-1225628
    6. https://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/amp/cbi-takes-over-aarushi-murder-case-visits-her-house/576625
    7. https://www.thequint.com/news/india/aarushi-murder-exclusive-we-had-no-evidence-against-the-talwars
    8. https://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/story/chargesheet-likely-this-week-in-the-sensational-aarushi-case/606059
    9. https://www.firstpost.com/breaking-views/why-did-cbi-discard-crucial-evidence-in-aarushi-case-184640.html
    10. http://archive.indianexpress.com/news/aarushis-throat-could-have-been-slit-using-khukri/1139250/
    11. https://www.indiatoday.in/india/north/story/aarushi-hemraj-murder-the-emergence-of-golf-club-theory-218697-2013-11-26
    12. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/aarushis-mobile-found-but-can-it-help-401476
    Other documents:
    1. CBI Closure Report
    2. The State of U.P. Through the C.B.I. v. Rajesh Talwar & Another, In the Court of Additional Sessions Judge/Special Judge, Anti-Corruption, C.B.I., Ghaziabad, R.C. No.1(S)/2008/SCR-III/CBI/NEW DELHI
    3. Dr. (Smt.) Nupur Talwar and ors v. State of Uttar Pradesh, CRIMINAL APPEAL No. - 294 of 2014, in the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad

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    25. Noida Double Murder Part 2

    25. Noida Double Murder Part 2

    In part two of our ongoing series on the Noida Double Murder, we look at the course of investigation taken by Noida Police and the nasty media circus that ensued.

    Sources :

    Videos:

    1. Gurdarshan Singh’s Press Conference on 23rd May 2008 (source: Zee News), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uukxSyLjRMU

    2. Nupur Talwar’s first interview to NDTV on 24th May 2008 (source: NDTV), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyxGTNUwOmo

    Books:

    1. Aarushi, author: Avirook Sen https://amzn.to/3mIZHcA

    2. The Killing of Aarushi and the Murder of Justice , author: Rajesh Talwar 

    Websites:

    1. Maligned by police and media?, Madabhushi Shridhar, http://asu.thehoot.org/media-watch/media-practice/maligned-by-police-and-media-4750

    2. https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-girl-in-lewd-mms-is-not-aarushi-1169344

    3. https://www.indiatoday.in/latest-headlines/story/noida-double-murder-honour-killing-a-possibility-25568-2008-05-22

    4. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/he-was-the-friend-aarushi-spoke-to-most-542264

    5. https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Understanding-Sleep#2

    6. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/hemrajs-widow-claims-he-talked-of-a-threat-to-his-life-451238

    7. https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-social-worker-says-hemraj-feared-for-his-life-1166509

    8. https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/full-transcript-of-nupur-talwars-2008-interview-to-ndtv-479661

    Other documents:

    1. CBI Closure Report

    2. The State of U.P. Through the C.B.I. v. Rajesh Talwar & Another, In the Court of Additional Sessions Judge/Special Judge, Anti-Corruption, C.B.I., Ghaziabad, R.C. No.1(S)/2008/SCR-III/CBI/NEW DELHI

    3. Dr. (Smt.) Nupur Talwar and ors v. State of Uttar Pradesh, CRIMINAL APPEAL No. - 294 of 2014, in the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Anki27! ,

The best desi true crime podcast! I’m hooked.

Aditi and Sneha are damn good. The cases are well researched and presented in a very articulate manner.
What I love is the tidbits of law proceeding knowledge that they give us. It has piqued my interest in learning more about the Indian criminal justice system.

KhushiShah1004 ,

Good show

I like the show. It is pretty interesting! I like especially how it revolves around actual evidence. I have been looking for true Indian crime podcasts for so long... finally. Found a good one. Although sometimes their personal conversations seems off track and I find it but long.

Desibwoy ,

Best Indian True Crime podcast

Best Indian True Crime podcast in my opinion. Their episodes have been super informative! Looking forward for more true crime stories!

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