17 Dec 2012

Body of nurse now in India

12:00 pm on 17 December 2012

The body of a nurse who was found dead after she put a hoax call through to the Duchess of Cambridge's hospital room in London, arrived in India on Sunday for burial.

Jacintha Saldanha arrived in Mangalore in southern India, escorted by her husband and two teenage children.

The ABC reports Mrs Saldanha was found dead on Friday, 7 December. She had transferred the hoax call by presenters from Sydney radio station 2Day FM early on the Tuesday before.

One of her colleagues then relayed confidential details about Catherine's severe morning sickness to the DJs, who were posing as the Queen and Prince Charles.

Government ministers and politicians met the plane carrying her body.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the funeral in her home town of Shirva.

"The community is sad over the death," the priest of Our Lady of Health Church in Shirva, Stany Tauro, said.

Father Tauro said people were proud that Mrs Saldanha had been a successful nurse who worked in a hospital where the British royal family were treated, but that many were shocked at the tragedy.

The ABC reports the hospital in Mangalore - where she studied nursing - will create an award in her memory.