Ujjain temple trust, minister say sorry to amputee mountaineer Arunima Sinha over poor treatment

Temple officials at the Mahakal temple in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh have apologised to amputee mountaineer Arunima SInha for treating her badly during her visit.

The issue became a major controversy after Sinha tweeted about how she was refused entry.

Madhya Pradesh minister asks Ujjain commission for a report on the incident

Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Development Minister Archana Chitnis has said that she would personally visit the athlete to convince her to visit the temple again. Sinha, who has scaled Mount Everest in 2013, said that she was ill-treated at the Mahakal temple and was not allowed to enter the inner sanctum to seek blessings.

Chitnis has said she has asked for a report on the incident, and that she will make sure SInha faces no difficulty when she comes to the temple again. It was Chitnis who had invited Sinha to Burhanpur for addressing a youth convention. On way back, Sinha had visited Mahakal temple but was denied entry as temple staff objected to her western attire.

CCTV footage shows SInha was mistreated by a temple employee

Sinha told them about her physical limitations but was still not allowed. Even her assistants were prevented from accompanying her.

Temple administrators said that CCTV footage of the incident has shown that a woman employee posted outside the sanctum did not handle the situation properly. They have apologised to the athlete and invite her to visit the temple again.

Ironically, the incident has come just weeks after the President of India awarded the temple for its excellent disabled-friendly arrangements.

A former national volleyball player, Sinha lost one leg after she was thrown out of a moving train in 2011. Despite losing a leg, she became India’s first amputee climber to scale Mount Everest in 2013.

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