Mangalore: Inquiry demanded, while Nurse’s family awaits body

December 14, 2012 by  
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Diocese seeks inquiry into Nurse’s death

Saldanha was found dead last week after receiving a prank phone call from two radio jockeys

Saldanha was found dead last week after receiving a prank phone call from two radio jockeys

Saldanha was found dead last week after receiving a prank phone call from two radio jockeys

Mangalore, December 11, 2012: The Mangalore diocese has sought an inquiry to know the exact cause of the death of Jacintha Saldanha, an Indian Catholic nurse who allegedly committed suicide after receiving a prank call in London.

It has also urged the Indian government to prevail upon the British government to expedite the process of handing over Saldanha’s body to her family members in Shirva in Udupi district of Karnataka.

“Saldanha’s family members were distressed over the time being taken by the authorities to hand over the deceased nurse’s body,” said Fr. Dennis Moras Prabhu, vicar general of the diocese.

The priest said that Saldanha’s family was in the dark over the cause of her death and were not being allowed to speak to her husband Benedict Barboza.

Saldanha was found dead last week after receiving a prank phone call from two radio jockeys.

She put the call through to another nurse who gave the impostors details of the condition of the Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William, who was in the hospital with severe morning sickness.

Fr. Prabhu expressed the need of an independent inquiry by the U.K. government to unearth the real reasons behind Saldanha’s death.

He said the Mangalore diocese had got in touch with the federal petroleum minister Veerappa Moily and All India Congress Committee member Oscar Fernandes.

They had been asked to direct the Indian embassy to expedite the process of handing over Saldanha’s body, he said.

– thehindu.com

Nurse’s family awaits return of remains

No word yet on funeral.

Nurse's family awaits return of remainsMangalore, December 12, 2012: A relative of Jacintha Saldhana, a nurse in London who allegedly committed suicide after a radio show prank call, said today that the family has received no word yet on when her remains will be released to the family for burial.

“We are not sure when they will let us have the body and when we can have the funeral,” said the relative, who asked not to be named.

Saldhana was found dead on December 7 at the nurses’ compound at central London’s King Edward VII Hospital.

Her death followed a prank phone call by an Australian radio show that Saldhana forwarded to a fellow staff member, who then gave details about the condition of the Duchess of Cambridge, who was being treated at the time for severe morning sickness.

“We are now 90 percent sure to get the body here,” said the relative, referring to Saldhana’s home village of Shirva in the Udupi district of Karnataka state.

The relative added that the family understood the government of India and its mission in London were still working on getting Saldhana’s remains repatriated.

Media reports have said that authorities have urged the family not to speak publicly about the death following rumors that Saldhana may have died under “mysterious circumstances.”

The relative told ucanews.com that family members in India were shattered by the unexpected death, and that they had been besieged by reporters seeking comment, adding that the family “hoped to know” something more about the arrival of Saldhana’s remains in the next few days.

– ucanews.com

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