Paralympian Deepa Malik gets prestigious ‘First Ladies‘ Award
One of India’s top paralympians, Deepa Malik has been given the ‘First Ladies‘Award by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.
Deepa Malik was among 100 women from across the country who were honored by the award for following “an unusual path” and succeeding in their respective professions. The awards ceremony took place at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Deepa Malik was paralysed when she was 30 years old due to tumors.
After an initial phase of distress, she gathered her strength and decided to face the challenges brought by her disability.
Malik went on to become the first Indian woman to win a medal in the Paralympic Games. She also won a silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in shot put.
She was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award from the Indian government in 2017 and Arjuna award in 2012.