Modi honours Arunima Sinha, world’s first woman amputee to scale Everest

Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed the national flag to Arunima Sinha, the first woman amputee to climb the Mount Everest, as she embarked on an expedition to Mount Viscon in Antarctica.

Sinha, a former Indian national volleyball player, had her left leg amputated below the knee after being thrown from a train while resisting a robbery bid.

“It was a delight to interact with Arunima Sinha. Handed over the tricolour and wished her the very best as she embarks on an expedition to Mount Vinson, Antarctica. India is proud of Arunima’s accomplishments and her fortitude inspires us all,” Modi tweeted.

Sinha was conferred with an honorary doctorate by the University of Strathclyde at a graduation ceremony in Glasgow on Tuesday. She was honoured in the Barony Hall for her inspirational achievements in mountaineering.