After criticism, Hema Malini expresses sorrow over child's death
Bollywood actress and BJP leader Hema Malini on Friday expressed "deep sorrow" over the death of a child in a road accident involving her car, hours after she was accused of not showing concern.Updated: Jul 04, 2015 01:50 IST
Bollywood actress and BJP leader Hema Malini on Friday expressed "deep sorrow" over the death of a child in a road accident involving her car, hours after she was accused of not showing concern.
The Mathura MP said in a statement that the news of the infant's death left her "very sad and in a distressed mind."
"I can realise the hard time the family is facing after her death. I pray to God to give them strength to bear this loss," she said.
Two-year-old Sonam was killed and her father Hanuman Khandelwal, his wife Shikha, son Somil and sister-in-law Seema were injured when their car and Hema Malini's Mercedes collided Thursday night at Dausa in Rajasthan.
The actress-turned-politician underwent a surgery for a nasal fracture and other wounds at the Fortis Hospital in Jaipur and was doing fine, doctors said.
“A surgery of debridement (removal of damaged tissues and repair of lacerated wounds was carried out post-midnight,” said P Tamboli, facility director at the hospital.
Anguished relatives of the Khandelwals said prompt medical aid to the injured could have saved the life of Sonam.
“Two kinds of treatment are being given to victims of the same accident. Hema Malini was immediately taken to the Fortis Hospital, while our family-members were sent to Sawai Man Singh Hospital, where treatment was given very late,” said Rajiv Gupta, a relative of Khandelwal.
“Our only pain is that the treatment is not of the same quality that is being extended to the MP,” he said.
Sunita Koolwal, a relative of Shikha, too echoed the same sentiments saying that they were disappointed by “step-motherly treatment” extended to the injured family.
She alleged that while the BJP MP was taken by road immediately after the accident, the other five were left behind.
SMS hospital medical superintendent Man Prakash Sharma said four of the injured were brought to the hospital at different time of the night –11:30pm on Thursday, and 3am and 4am on Friday.
66-year old Hema Malini was returning to Jaipur after a visit to the Mehendipur Balaji temple in Karauli district when her car hit a Maruti hatchback at the Lalsot bypass on the highway.
Her driver Mahesh Thakur was arrested on charges of rash driving and causing death by negligence.
(With PTI inputs)