BJP MP and veteran actor Hema Malini on Wednesday blamed the father of the two-year-old girl, who was killed after the car she was travelling in collided with her vehicle car in Rajasthan last week, for not following traffic rules.
"My heart goes out to the child who unnecessarily lost her life and the family members who have been injured in the accident. How I wish the girl's father had followed the traffic rules - thn this accident could have been averted & the lil one's life safe! [sic]," she tweeted.
My heart goes out to the child who unnecessarily lost her life and the family members who have been injured in the accident. Contd— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) July 8, 2015
(Contd) How I wish the girl's father had followed the traffic rules - thn this accident could have been averted & the lil one's life safe!— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) July 8, 2015
Sonam was killed in the accident involving the Bharatiya Janata Party MP's Mercedes-Benz and the Maruti Alto at the Lalsot bypass near Dausa last Thursday. Her father Hanuman Khandelwal, mother Shikha, brother Somil and aunt Seema were seriously injured in the crash.
Sonam's father had said earlier that his daughter could have been saved if she too was rushed to the hospital along with the BJP parliamentarian immediately after the accident.
Victim's father says 'saddest part is Hema didn't take my daughter to hospital'
Malini, who was sitting in the back seat, suffered a nasal fracture, with other injuries on her forehead, cheeks and legs. She was rushed to the Fortis Hospital in Jaipur where doctors conducted a CT scan and then administered stitches on her wounds. She discharged on Saturday.
Members of Sonam's family are being treated at Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital in the state capital.
The actor-turned-politician also thanked her well-wishers for their thoughts and prayers.
"I'm touched & overwhelmed by the many msgs & calls frm well wishers in India & frm the world over. I thank each one of u frm the bottom of my heart for ur genuine concern & prayers which have helped in my recovery frm the nightmare & trauma I've undergone. Love u all," she wrote on Twitter late on Tuesday.
"Just going thro ur replies!The accident has shown me how much u ppl love me & care for my welfare. All my years spent in the entertainment field has brot so much goodwill, I'm amazed! Thank u all for this love for which I am eternally grateful! U have given me so much strength," she added.
The 66-year-old MP, who has been criticised for leaving the site of the accident and not taking the injured family with her to a hospital, also lashed out at the "sensation-hungry" media for stooping to "lowest levels of human decency".
"As for the sensation-hungry media & a few members of the public who had a field day maligning me even when I was helpless &in deep trauma who actually & unbelievably stooped to the lowest levels of human decency, I can only say "Shame on u" &"God Bless"!"
Her driver, Mahesh Thakur, was arrested on charges of rash driving and causing death by negligence besides other offences. Thakur was granted bail later.
Malini was going to Jaipur after visiting a temple in Rajasthan's Karauli district when her car crashed into the Maruti Alto carrying the family headed to Lalsot city.
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