Don’t blame the radio hosts
I am probably not the only person who has made this observation (‘Tearful radio hosts in royal prank call say sorry to nurse’s family in UK,’ Gulf News, December 10). The key responsibility of radio hoax call received and internally transferred in the hospital lies with both the palace and the hospital security personnel. Any common person like me would understand why a system of codes might be used by hospital staffs to identify the incoming calls. The unfortunate suicide of the nurse, the emotional devastation caused to her family and the blame and burden on radio jockeys is due to this simple lapse of security. Spokespersons for the hospital, the palace and other UK commentators should back off criticising the young radio presenters and instead review their own security procedures.
From Dr Peter Hatherley-Greene
I think a lot of people don’t know that the nurse who committed suicide was not the one who answered the call (‘DJs distressed over nurse’s death,’ Gulf News, December 11). She simply transferred the call. This is why I find it very odd that she committed suicide. Not to take away from her troubles and personal problems, but I feel there is more to the issue.
I am sure the whole world is deeply saddened by the turn of events from a prank call. These calls are funny to everybody except the victim. It goes to show how low we have stooped or are willing to stoop, as long as we gain popularity. Making pranks is an old concept. We have seen them on television and we very often hear them on radio, even here in the UAE. It is easy to say that we should draw a line. But the line is so thin and it is difficult to judge how much is acceptable and what is not. However, I support banning these sick prank calls at least in the UAE. Some of these calls played on air in the mornings are not funny at all.
Make them both and all those involved for their callous attitude to air the recorded prank, pay compensation to the grieving family. It’s high time that every individual begins to respect each other, irrespective of their country origin and culture. May the Lord grant Jacintha Saldanha [the nurse who killed herself] eternal peace and comfort her loved ones in this time of sorrow.
This report was shocking (‘Pakistan school boy beaten to death, farmer fed to dogs,’ Gulf News, December 10). The boy’s death for being late to school, gives great concern with understanding of a teacher’s status. We need to understand why the teachers don’t have patience with students? Getting angry to this limit is not acceptable. It’s completely unreasonable. Knowing and learning the value of patience is not easy, but a must in life. The teacher was not given the punitive power of beating the class students. However, such incidents have become common in today’s world. Something really needs to be done.
I am against capital punishment (‘Father sexually abuses daughter in Kerala,’ Gulf News, December 10). But in my opinion, such fathers who sexually abuse their innocent daughters should be considered for this for of punishment. This would be a lesson to others. Is this what is expected of fathers?
It is happening in my own country nowadays. This is the reason I don’t want to go to or live in India. I don’t know why my own people are doing this to their own child.
What a shame! I think this person does not need to be punished, instead he should be sent to a hospital for treatment. After his treatment, once he will be fit to live in the society, the knowledge of what he did will be his own punishment for the rest of his life.
The growing problem of ignoring traffic rules has become increasingly dangerous. I would like to remind the people driving, who end up speeding, that they still have to follow the road rules. They still need to follow the signal indications and change lanes appropriately. People at traffic signals overtake each other to be the first to cross the signal in the absence of the police. Even after repeated warnings, talking on the phone while driving, is very common. As we look forward to a technologically advanced future, we cannot forsake our own responsibilities. My point is that we need to make ourselves a little more responsible.
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