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She climbed Mount Everest on one foot, now she is humiliated in a temple

Arunima Sinha, a former national level volleyball player and the first amputee to scale Mount Everest, has said her disability was mocked at during a visit to the Mahakal Temple in Ujjain.

other sports Updated: Dec 25, 2017 22:34 IST
Press Trust of India
Arunima Sinha,Mount Everest,Mahakal Temple
Arunima Sinha had become the first amputee to scale Mount Everest in 2013 at the age of 25.(Twitter)

Arunima Sinha, former national level volleyball player and the first amputee to scale Mount Everest, said she felt “greater pain” while visiting the Mahakal Temple here than scaling the Everest.

Recounting her unpleasant experience at the temple yesterday, she said her disability was mocked at.

“I am very sorry to tell you that I felt greater pain in visiting Mahakal temple (at Ujjain) than scaling the Everest. My disability was mocked at there (at Mahakal),” she said on Twitter.

Sinha also tagged the Prime Minister’s Office and the Chief Minister’s Office in her tweet. Temple sources said the sports person was stopped twice by security personnel while trying to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and that she broke down while arguing with them.

Mahakal Temple’s administrator Avdhesh Sharma said that he came to know about the incident only through media reports.

“I have come to know about this from media reports. Arunima has not filed any complaint with the police or the temple administration,” he said. “There is a ramp for the disabled and I will ask the security personnel why they stopped her. We are also checking the CCTV footage to identify the guilty,” the temple administrator added.

Sinha was pushed out of a running train in April, 2011, while resisting a robbery attempt. As a result, one of her legs had to be amputated below the knee.

First Published: Dec 25, 2017 20:21 IST