Hema Malini blames dead girl's family for crash

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.

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.

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 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".

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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