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We were accepted and supported in prison: Nupur Talwar

NEW DELHI: Prison was less judgmental of Aarushi Talwar‘s parents than the outside world. Nupur Talwar, the mother, disclosed this in a rare interview to prison reform activist and academic Vartika Nanda at Ghaziabad’s Dasna Jail. “Without knowing us or our 13-year-old daughter, there was so much character assassination — both of Aarushi and us,” she said, “but in prison, people accepted and supported us.” The interview was conducted last year, but was not made public until the couple was acquitted by Allahabad High Court of their daughter’s murder on Thursday.

Appearing quite at ease through the interview, Talwar also talked about plans on an NGO named after her daughter that would work for children’s welfare. “We have moved past normal life and now want to give back to society in a positive way,” she told Nanda. She added that she would also work on jail reforms.

“Leading a normal life after a stint in prison cannot be easy and rehabilitation is very long process, but if she has ideas on helping other inmates, then why not?” Nanda remarked to TOI.

In her conversation, Talwar explained how it was initially difficult to accept the idea of being in jail “despite being the victims of a crime”. But, she said, the prisoners gave her and her husband, Rajesh, “more love, respect and regard than the outside world” and that helped them reconcile with their fate.

To cope with confinement, the dentist couple turned to reading, writing poetry and treating the inmates. “I try to keep reading something so that my thoughts were always diverted,” Talwar said. “I had never put my emotions into words earlier, but now it gives me peace.”

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Courtesy –  The Times Of India City

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