Rhea Chakraborty’s ordeal has finally got a breather as she gets bail after spending almost a month in Byculla Jail.
No one would know or feel more about her suffering then her mother, Sandhya Chakraborty. “There is God,” she uttered as her relief was palpable.
Rhea had finally been allowed to walk out of Byculla jail on Wednesday evening, after almost a month in judicial custody.
The moments before this momentous decision for the Chakraborty family were filled with acute anxiety and fear.
“Rhea’s father was on the verge of collapse yesterday,” said the mother, as on Tuesday, a special NDPS court had extended Rhea’s and brother Showik’s custody by two weeks. “What she has gone through… how will she heal from this? But she is a fighter and she must be strong,” her mother told a newspaper.
Rhea’s friends were there to receive her at the jail’s gates and brought her back to her Santacruz home. Sandhya Chakraborty said her daughter could sit back for a while and recover from the “slander” and nightmare of “being lynched” by the country at large.
“I will have to put her on therapy to help her get over this trauma and reclaim her life,” said the mother, aware the legal battle might be a long one, with doubts being still being cast on her daughter.
“While it’s a relief she’s out of prison, it’s crazy it’s still not over. My son is still behind bars and I’m paranoid about what tomorrow will bring,” she said.
Adding how a neighbour’s recent claims of being informed by an eyewitness about Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea being seen together on June 13 were “baseless” and an attempt to ride the tide. “We know this neighbour. She was a huge fan of Sushant’s who came over to our place to meet him once. Why she’d say something like this without proof is beyond me. One just has to look at Sushant or Rhea’s cellular location to know the truth,” she said.
In fear of Covid and the terror of being mobbed by the media parked outside Rhea’s parents have been holed up in their apartment. “The last time my husband stepped out was to meet the ED. He was hounded on his way back. And he’s not the kind to fight back,” said Sandhya. “We panic every time the doorbell rings. We don’t know who it might be. There have been instances of reporters posing as CBI or as a resident of the building to come into our premises. We’ve installed CCTVs outside our door to secure ourselves.”
Rhea Chakraborty’s ordeal is far from over though as investigations being still on. It is yet to be seen what new facts come up.