UK Indian nurse Jacintha Saldanha suicide: RJs apologise as post-mortem due

India News Bulletin Desk

The two radio Jockeys from Australia who made a hoax call to the UK hospital where Kate Middleton was admitted for morning sickness, have apologised for the prank call that led to the suicide of Indian-born UK nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

Mel Greig and Michael Christian shattered over Jacintha Saldanha suicide
Mel Greig and Michael Christian shattered over Jacintha Saldanha suicide
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The Sydney-based radio hosts Mel Greig and Michael Christian [pictured] working for 2Day FM, rang up London's King Edward VII hospital, spoofing the accents of the Queen and Prince Charles, to check on Kate Middleton’s health. Saldanha, who fell for the prank, transferred the call to the Duchess of Cambridge’s ward where information about Kate’s health was divulged.

The spoof-call raised to widespread criticism against the radio hosts on social media but it also raised serious security issues of the hospital protocol.

Mrs Saldanha was found dead on Friday, three days after taking the hoax call. Saldanha’s post-mortem examination will be conducted on Tuesday, December 11.

London's King Edward VII hospital, where Jacintha worked, told the BBC that no disciplinary action was taken against Saldanha for taking the prank call but many feel the worldwide humiliation led the Indian-born nurse to commit suicide.

Police said a post-mortem examination would be conducted on Tuesday.

While the radio presenters Greig and Christian have not been sacked from their posts or offered to resign, they have told the media that they are shocked, shattered and completely heartbroken by the news.

Their regular show "Hot 30," has been terminated, according to Reuters and the two have deleted their Twitter accounts amid intensified public backlash. 

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