Poll | Is it fair to criticise Hema Malini for not helping victims?

  • Hindustan Times, HT Correspondent
  • Updated: Jul 04, 2015 15:38 IST

Family members of the toddler who died in an accident involving MP Hema Malini’s vehicle in Rajasthan’s Dausa accused the administration of lavishing all their attention on the VIP while ignoring the other injured.

"My little girl died in the lap of her mother in the car. It is sad that her mother is also struggling for survival. . .and she does not know that Sonam is no more," Hanuman Khandelwal, the father of Sonam, told reporters as he lay injured at SMS Hospital.

Sonam was killed and her father, mother Shikha, brother Somil and Khandelwal’s sister-in-law Seema were injured when their car and Hema Malini's Mercedes collided on Thursday night.

Khandelwal said for about "20 to 25 minutes our family of five" lay bleeding on the road in the smashed car as a doctor took Hema Malini and others in his car to Jaipur's Fortis Hospital.

Read: My girl wasn't taken to hospital with Hema Malini: Victim's father

Khandelwal said though his wife had gained consciousness, she had not been told of her daughter’s death. He said, "We convinced her that both girls were being treated."

"Had she (Sonam) been taken to the hospital along with Hema Malini, she would have been saved," Gupta said.

Relatives of the family said they could afford their treatment and are not looking for any compensation from the government.

The media has been focussing on the injuries of Hema Malini while no one came to us, they said.

According to sources in the hospital, Hema Malini’s condition is better and she was discharged at 930am on Saturday morning from Fortis Hospital in Jaipur.

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