Jaipur, July 4: The distraught father of the two-year-old girl, who died in a car crash with actor Hema Malini's sedan, is inconsolable, while the injured mother is constantly asking "Chinni kahan hai?", not knowing her daughter is dead.
The family is even more hurt that neither the actor nor her aides bothered to ask about their well-being though, they say, the accident was caused by her speeding car.
The girl's mother was still in dark about her daughter's death. "My little girl died in the lap of her mother in car. It is sad that mother is also struggling for survival in polytrauma ward in SMS and she is not knowing that Sonam is no more," Sonam's father Hanuman Mahajan told reporters at the hospital.
For about "20-25 minutes our family of five" lay bleeding on the road in the crashed car, as a doctor took Hema Malini and others in his car to Jaipur's Fortis hospital, Hanuman claimed.
"We all were attended by Dausa Police, and the hospital had poor condition to tackle our injuries," he further accused. Though her mother has gained consciousness, but she was not told of the girl's death, he said, adding we convinced her that both girls were being treated.
Shirish Gupta, uncle of Sonam who succumbed to her injuries on way to hospital, said,"Hema Malini was taken to a hospital in Dausa by a doctor immediately after the incident. He then took her to Fortis hospital while Sonam was lying at the spot for 15-20 minutes. Nobody asked about her.
"Had she (Sonam) been taken to the hospital along with Hema Malini, she would have been saved," Gupta said. Relatives of the family said categorically that they were competent to afford the treatment and not looking for any compensation from the government. Media was focusing on the injuries of the actress, while one came to us, they said.
The family was travelling in an Alto car when it was smashed by Ms. Malini's Mercedes car coming from the opposite direction. The car was being driven by the BJP MP's driver Mahesh Thakur, with the film actor seated inside. The accident took place on Thursday night near Dausa, over 50 km from here.
"We only tell her that she is fine and with us. We do not have the guts to tell her about the death as we are afraid how she will react. Chinni was the most lovable daughter in the family," the relative said. He said Hema Malini's car was speeding, and this caused the accident.
The family is bitter that the BJP MP could have at least checked up on the condition of the family after the accident but she did not do so. "We know she (Hema Malini) was also hurt but at least she could have enquired about the well being of the family... (She could have) asked the doctors to give (the family) proper treatment," said the relative.
Doctors at the SMS Hospital said the family was doing "well". Rajasthan Medical and Health Minister Rajendra Rathore visited them on Thursday night and directed the hospital to provide free treatment. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also visited the accident victims.
(With inputs from agencies)