Jacintha Saldanha: Body Arrives In India

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The body of the nurse who apparently killed herself after a hoax phone call about the Duchess of Cambridge has arrived in India for burial.

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha

The body of the nurse who apparently killed herself after a hoax phone call about the Duchess of Cambridge has arrived in India for burial.

Jacintha Saldanha's remains, escorted from the UK by her husband and two children, have arrived in the city of Mangalore in Karnataka state.

She was found dead on 7 December near the London hospital where the duchess had been treated for morning sickness.

Days earlier she had been taken a hoax call from two Australian DJs.

The BBC's correspondent in Mangalore, Sanjoy Majumdar, tweeted that Indian government ministers and local politicians were at the airport to meet the plane carrying Ms Saldanha's body.

Her husband, Benedict Barboza, and their daughter Lisha, 14, and son Junal, 16, have already flown to southern India to attend the funeral on Monday.

It will take place at Our Lady of Health Church in the town of Shirva, Karnataka.

Rev William Menezes, spokesman for the Diocese of Mangalore, told AFP news agency the funeral would take place at 16:00 local time (10:30 GMT).Police said as many as 5,000 people were expected to attend, according to AFP, and security around the village has been tightened.
Hospital award

Mrs Saldanha's death has been closely followed in India, especially where she grew up.

A candlelight vigil was held last week and her friends and family have been outspoken in their grief, some even demanding that a separate investigation be held to determine the cause of her death.

The hospital in Mangalore where she studied nursing has said it will create an award in her memory.

On Thursday an inquest at Westminster's Coroner Court heard Mrs Saldanha was found hanged. She left three suicide notes.

The hospital has said senior managers tried to reassure Mrs Saldanha "on a number of occasions" that no blame was attached to her for putting the hoax call from two Australian DJs through to the duchess' ward.