Family of Kate phone hoax nurse still hunting for answers
As the Indian-origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha - who allegedly committed suicide after a hoax call about Duchess Kate's pregnancy - was laid to rest, the family's hunt for answers goes on.
The 46-year-old nurse was buried in a graveyard in the village of Shirva, lowered into the hard, red earth while her husband, Benedict Barboza, and two children stood hugging each other for support, the Independent reported.
Purple and white flowers were thrown at the coffin and hundreds of people who had pressed together around the graveside, surrounded by coconut trees, sang hymns and recited prayers.
Afterwards, asked whether he had given any thought to how he and his children might start to try and rebuild their lives when they returned to Britain, Barboza said he could not yet think of that.
"I am still at the graveside," he said.
Barboza, with his teenage children Junal and Lisha, had accompanied Saldanha's coffin as it was flown from London to Mumbai, and then to the coastal town of Mangalore in the state of Karnataka on Sunday afternoon.
They had come to bury the wife and mother and also to continue to press for answers, for anything that could further throw light on the circumstances surrounding her death.
After the funeral service, to which Saldanha's mother, Carmine, was pushed on a wheelchair, Barboza, accompanied by his son and some friends from Britain and Mumbai, read a statement and answered some questions.
They said they had not yet taken a decision on whether to pursue legal action against the King Edward VII hospital in London where Saldanha had worked for more than four years, splitting her time between the hospital and the family home in Bristol.
Neither did they know whether they would sue the Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, or their radio station 2DayFM.
The DJs have apologised for the prank call in a series of interviews on Australian television, saying they had not expected their call to be put through. But the family said that they have not received any apology from them.
The show was taken off the air and the DJs have been suspended. They have since gone into hiding after receiving death threats.
"The incident is being investigated and they have assured us a full and fair investigation," a family friend, Steven Almeida said, describing the inquiry that is under way by Scotland Yard.