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'Don't know what Nupur Talwar's mental state is after jail'

“She has withstood it. I don’t know what her mental state will be. Four months is a long time. I’m sure she will come out a changed person, in what way we don’t know. One has to wait and see,” says Masooma Ranalvi, a friend of the Talwars about Nupur.

Mother of murdered teenager Aarushi, Nupur will be released from Dasna jail today evening. She was granted bail by the Supreme Court last week.

Nupur Talwar is expected to be out of jail this evening after being granted bail. PTI

Nupur and her husband Rajesh are on trial for the 2008 double murder of Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj Banjade. The trial began in a Ghaziabad court in June after the Supreme Court rejected Nupur’s plea to dismiss the trial and re-investigate the case.

The dentist’s release comes four-and-a-half months after she was arrested (on April 30) and sent to Dasna jail where her husband was lodged for two-and-a-half months in 2008 - a week after the murders were committed. He was subsequently released on bail after the CBI could not find any evidence against him.

Nupur’s bail comes as a huge relief to friends and family after both the trial court and the Allahabad High Court had previously rejected her bail application.

“It is a miracle that she hasn’t broken down. Luckily, the trial is happening and everyday she would be in court. That was a good thing. She was surviving on that. Exposure to the outside world, exposure to the trial, this helped her keep her sanity and balance. On the outside, she looks fine. But on the inside, I don’t know how she is coping,” Ranalvi said.

Ranalvi had visited Nupur in Dasna jail soon after her arrest. Recalling the meeting, she said, “She was anxious to know about what was happening in the world outside. Her concern was knowing all the nitty-gritty’s of the trial. Earlier, she was very actively involved with the case - in terms of meeting lawyers, collecting documents and so on. When she moved out, the whole thing fell on Rajesh. When I went to meet her, Rajesh and I, half the time she wanted to know how the trial was going, what media was reporting.”

Asked about how Rajesh had coped during his time in jail, Ranalvi said: “He is far more fragile than she is. It broke him. His arrest was a complete surprise. He didn’t expect that he was going to be arrested. When you know you are going to be arrested, you are mentally prepared. It was torture for him. She was more prepared, she is far stronger.”

The sensational media coverage of Nupur’s stay in jail had led to spate of reports, including one about her authoring her a book, which Ranalvi in an earlier interview to Firstpost had dismissed. (Read full report here )