The very recent ‘suicide’ of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who was at the recieving end of the ‘royal prank call’ shook me up to the very core.
Just days before, Saldanha was no different from any other British working mother. But a prank call and the circumstances that followed made her want to quit life.
If this is a suicide at all, that is. And underneath there’s no conspiracy going on.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, more affectionately known as William and Kate, are expecting a baby.
The news was confirmed by St. Jame’s Palace after the pregnant Duchess was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in central London with acute morning sickness.
She was expected to stay at the hospital for several days.
The media moghuls didn’t want to concede an inch. This was news!
This was money.
Trouble started brewing when two ambitious Australian DJ’s decided to gain mileage from this royal drama.
Employees of 2Day FM, radio presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian made a phone call to the hospital. And impersonated the Queen and Prince of Wales to dupe staff into giving a condition update on Kate, who is suffering severe morning sickness.
Saldanha was totally fooled and she transferred the call to Kate’s ward.
No one knew anything was amiss before the Australian radio channel started playing the audio of their ‘victorious’ prank call over and over again.
Soon it became international news. Security officials were left red faced. The British media made a big news out of this.
Maybe Saldanha was embarrassed. The hospital chief says she was not under any kind of pressure from the authorities.
You don’t need to be a genius to figure out whether or not she was pressurized.
Of course she was. And maybe that’s why she took the extreme step.
I have no problem with the prank callers. Or prank calls.
What troubles me is that the media is still to own up that they are responsible for this death. Partly.
Let’s face it. Not everyone likes being under the limelight. Maybe Saldanha was a shy, reserved person who kept to herself. And this sudden ‘fame’ was something she couldn’t handle.
The media needs to introspect. Regulations need to be put in place. And a public apology must be tendered by the British media. If at all, they own a conscience.
I can’t understand why this huge noise is created everytime the Royal family does something. No matter how insignificant. Days back, Prince Harry was in the news because of his Vegas adventures.
My point is what have they done to deserve such adulation?
Just being born in the right place ?
And at the right time? Is that fair?
While honest, hardworking ‘commoners’ toil away for a humble existence?
There is even a spoof twitter account called the ‘royal fetus’ – that tweets from Kate’s womb. It has already crossed 8000 followers.
This seems crazy to me.
No one deserves to be born to such opulence.
Soon, time will pass. And Jacintha’s plight will be forgotten. There will other important news.
But the truth is a hard working woman, a mother of two, has lost her life to this crazy adulation.
Behind her, she leaves two kids who have been scarred for life.
I’m not being melodramatic here. If you have a heart, you’ll understand. If don’t understand, then God bless you.