‘Two kinds of treatment given to victims of the same accident’

Victim’s family accuses government of dedicating all the medical attention to Hema Malini


News Desk July 04, 2015
The actor was discharged from the hospital on Saturday morning. PHOTO: FILE

The family of a toddler, who died when actor and Bharatiya Janata Party MP Hema Malini’s car rammed into theirs, lashed out at the government for dedicating all of their attention to the VIP in the emergency room, reported Hindustan Times.

The two-year-old Sonam died and four members of her family were injured when the BJP MP’s Mercedes smashed into the family’s Alto. Hanuman Khandelwal, Shikha, Somil and Seema were among the injured.

Read: Family of crash victims slam govt for selective treatment given to Hema Malini

The family claimed that had he been provided on-time and equivalent medical treatment, Sonam’s life could have been saved.

“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 added.

Read: Hema Malini injured in road accident, 4-year-old killed

Relatives of the deceased toddler have also alleged that the MP was rescued and taken to the hospital immediately after the accident whereas other injured were left behind to wait for rescue services to arrive.

They have also demanded compensation for the family along with proper treatment for the injured.

“Hanuman is the sole earning member and he runs a business. It would take at least six-eight months for him to lead a normal life. The government should provide compensation as per the rules,” Gupta argued.

According to IANS, the mother of the two-year-old girl who died is constantly asking “Chinni kahan hai?” not knowing her daughter is dead.

The mother’s uncle, who did not wish to be identified by name, said, “We have told the father, Hanuman Khandelwal, of the death of the child in the accident. He was shocked and has been crying since yesterday night. We tried to console him but failed.”

“However, the mother has not been told and is in a bad condition after the accident,” the relative said. “The mother [Shikha] always asks us about her daughter... Chinni kahan hai? Chinni kahan hai? (Where is Chinni?).”

The actor was discharged from the hospital on Saturday morning.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 5th, 2015.

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