Hoax call nurse Jacintha Saldanha's tragic death - a few unanswered questions

Hoax call nurse Jacintha Saldanha's tragic death - a few unanswered questions

London : United Kingdom | Dec 08, 2012 at 6:56 AM PST
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Jacintha Saldanha, Nurse at Kate Middleton's Hospital, Found Dead

Jacintha Saldanha, RN at UK’s King Edward VII Hospital who transferred a prank call from an Aussie radio station divulging Kate Middleton’s medical status was found dead two days later on Dec 04, with her death being treated as “unexplained” by Scotland Yard officers investigating the case. However, her death leaves behind a few unanswered questions.

The potential cause of death of the 46-year-old Indian mother of two offered by the media, is suicide. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have expressed their condolences at the death of the nurse. St James’s Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jacintha Saldanha.

King Edward hospital has even released a statement professing their sorrow. The media, meanwhile, has gone to town splashing the news widely reporting the prank, more or less, blaming the two DJ’s - Mel Greig and Michael Christian involved in the prank as being responsible for the alleged suicide.

There is undoubtedly a deep feeling of sadness at the loss of life, especially of someone who has dedicated her life to taking care of patients. However, one cannot help but ask a few niggling questions before blindly calling the incident as a “suicide.”

Jacintha Saldanha’s body was reportedly found a few blocks away from her place of work. Why would anyone want to take his/her life on the street? Surely it is not a place for carrying out such an act. Another question that raises doubts is, if in fact, for whatever the reason, the act is a suicide as opposed to a homicide, why would anyone take their life for something amounting to little else than a slip-up.

Surely, if Jacintha Saldanha was ready to take such a fatal step that would leave behind a husband and two children to grieve, there had to be something more going on then just the loss of face or shame over being duped by a prank call.

After all her action could easily have been explained away to her bosses at the hospital, none of whom had even pulled her up. In fact, even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had not complained about the prank call.

The late Indian nurse Jacintha Saldanha hails from Karnataka’s Udupi district in a village called Shirva which is close to Mangalore. Newsbullet.com reports that according to the villagers, she had visited her native village two years ago to catch up with her in laws for Christmas.

However, she never divulged her links to the British Royal family either to her neighbors or relatives. Her neighbors justifiably now want a thorough investigation done to unravel the real reason behind her death and rightfully so.

Meanwhile, while one is not condoning the actions of the two Australian DJs who hit international headlines for their involvement in the incident. But, rationally speaking, is it really fair to rush to judgment about the two and bray for their blood.

Would they ever in their wildest dreams have imagined their prank call “meant in fun” would push a woman to commit “suicide” (if indeed she has). There are far worse crimes committed by people against even the most innocent infants. Let us have our perspective right here and wait till the results of the autopsy and investigation are out before pronouncing judgment and hanging someone.

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Nina Rai is based in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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