The Indian media has gone into a frenzy after Hema Malini's accident which led to the death of a four-year-old child, Sonam -- reporting each and every update of the unfortunate accident. The actress' husband veteran actor Dharmendra was visibly upset and displeased with the media's lack of empathy.
According to Miss Malini, he told Bollywood journalist Subhash K Jha: "I feel a little bit of sensitivity in the media can go a long way. It is not in good taste to show pictures of an accident victim with blood on her face. I am deeply saddened by this kind of intrusion at a critical time like this."
The veteran actor could not be present by his wife's side and was deeply disturbed when he heard the news. Times of India reported that he was in his Juhu Bungalow when he heard about the incident through sources and immediately switched on the television for updates.
"I was supposed to leave for Jaipur this morning to be by her side," explained Dharmendra. "But she told me there is no need. She is all right now. Recovering from the injuries. Luckily it was not serious. Our family is blessed to be loved by the entire nation. As long as we have the good wishes of all our fans no harm can come to us. Aap log aise hi humein pyar karte rahiye."
Hema's older daughter, Esha, rushed to the hospital in Jaipur with her husband as soon as she heard the news of her mother's accident.
Soon enough outraged tweets surfaced on social media reminding us of Salman's hit-and-run case.
#HemaMalini had a plastic surgery for wounds on her face,unfortunately chinni's mother can't have a plastic surgery for wounds on her heart.— Komal Shahid (@ArmedWithWords) July 4, 2015
Blaming an injured woman,who was probably in shock & disoriented,fr not helping child silly.But her entourage shud have done so #HemaMalini— Smita Barooah (@smitabarooah) July 4, 2015
Unfortunately... Dreamgirl's stitches are worth more than the kids coffin for the media #HemaMalini— Zafar Abbas (@zafarabbaszaidi) July 3, 2015
Whats this relationship between Bollywood and Car Accidents that kills the Poor?? #HemaMalini— Ethir Katchi (@sudhanks) July 2, 2015
Others were focused towards a learning approach from the incident
Tragic that a child died.Instead of blamegame,wish media wud now focus on imp safety issues-seatbelts,no kids in front seat etc #HemaMalini— Smita Barooah (@smitabarooah) July 4, 2015
And others blamed it on the lack of road safety
While social media cannot stop blaming the actress for the horrific incident, Hema put out an official statement expressing her grief on the loss of the child, reported Miss Malini.
"I am aware what the family must be going through after the loss of their daughter. In this hour of sorrow, I pray to Lord Shri Krishna to give strength to the family to bear this shock," said Hema.
The actress was discharged from the hospital earlier this morning on "the request of family members" and is on her way to Mumbai.