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Should FM radio channels stop making prank calls?
The prank call made by the two Australians RJs allegedly took the life of an Indian origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha working with a hospital in London. The death of the nurse has raised questions whether the FM radio channels should stop making prank calls or not.

ANGRY PEOPLE from around the world have cursed the act of two RJs, who impersonating as Queen Elizabeth-II and Prince Charles, made a phone call to the hospital where Kate Middleton was admitted, seeking the details of her health condition.

When the reality of the prank came in public, the nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who took the call first and later transferred to the nurse taking care of Kate Middleton, allegedly committed suicide under the stress. The two RJs namely Mel Greig and Michael Christian from the Australian FM station 2day FM have apologised for their act.

In India, dozens of FM radio channels operating across the country, entertain listeners via their RJs and making prank calls is also on their entertainment menu list.

However, the tragic death of the London-based and India-born nurse has raised a question on FM radio industry and the media regulators across the globe are debating whether FM stations should voluntarily stop making hoax calls or guidelines should be issued directing them not to do so?

Mamta Singh, a former RJ with a north Indian FM channel disapproved of the prank call made by the two Australian RJs. She said that the job of an RJ is to entertain people not to engage in investigative journalism.

“RJs are meant to entertain listeners and that too with great responsibility. There is no need of troubling people with such (prank) calls. They should understand that they are not here for investigative journalism,” said Mamta Singh.

Damanjeet Kohli, an FM listener from Gurgaon who works for a leading NGO fighting for child rights across the world is not in favor of a total ban on the prank calls made by the FM channels. She however, asked for utmost care from RJs.

“Most bizarre case I have ever heard. I think there is a very fine line between a prank and deliberately hurting someone. You can never know the consequences of your action so this incident should not deter anyone's creativity but definitely RJs should be cautious who they are doing the prank on and how that person will react,” said Kohli.

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