Jacintha's body brought to India, funeral today

The body will be kept at the KMC Hospital in Manipal and the funeral will take place on Monday in Shirva, her hometown.¬†Jacintha’s husband Benedict Barboza, their son Junal (16), and daughter Lisha (14), accompanied the coffin from London. Meanwhile, the parish priest in Shirva village said Jacintha Saldanha’s funeral would take place on Monday.

Grief-stricken: Benedict Barboza accompanies his wife’s coffin as it arrives at the airport in Mangalore. Pic/AFP

“On Monday, December 17 at 4 pm there is going to be the funeral rites. And at three o’clock the body will be brought to the church from home. And it will be kept for the public, for them to pay homage. As this news has spread far and wide, we are expecting quite a big number of people to attend this funeral,” father Sandy Taura said.

The Australian radio station behind a prank phone call to a London hospital had earlier said it had done nothing wrong and no one could have foreseen the tragic outcome.

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