Deepa Malik's Life Story is Inspiring, Says Sakshi Malik
Deepa Malik had created history last week by becoming the first Indian woman to bag a medal at the Paralympic Games. She won a silver in the shot put F-53 event
Rio Olympics medallist Sakshi Malik has hailed Paralympic medallist Deepa
Deepa Malik's life story is inspiring, Sakshi has said
Sakshi defended the government saying it wasn't neglecting Paralympians
Last week, Deepa Malik created history by becoming the first Indian woman to bag a medal at the Paralympic Games. She won a silver in the shot put F-53 event.
"No, that is not the fact (that the government is neglecting the Paralympic medal winners). The level of matches are equal, whether it is Paralympics or Olympics. I just met Deepa Malik and she narrated her life story to me. Her story is very inspiring. Instead, I learned a lot from her," Sakshi told a gathering in Mumbai.
"She (Deepa Malik) bagged a silver for India at this stage. They should be given an equal level and the government is doing a lot for them. I have heard that they are being felicitated more than me and I am very happy," she said.
Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha was also present on the occasion.
"I have been wrestling since 12 years. It was my dream to clinch a medal at the Olympics. But I hadn't expected that I will get so much (love and affection) after the medal. India is giving a lot of love. I had gone alone (to Rio Olympics), but now the entire country knows me. It is a proud moment for me," Sakshi added.
Asked about a survey figure that 6 out of 10 girls becomes less involved in sports activities on reaching puberty, Sakshi said, "They do because the society taunts them too much. This happened with me, but I did not listen and continued. I say that there is no problem, whatever the world says, don't care."