New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lauded the achievement of Arunima Sinha, who became the first Indian woman with an artificial leg to conquer Mount Everest.

"I am delighted and heartened to learn of the exploits of Arunima Sinha, who has just become the first Indian woman with an artificial leg to conquer Mount Everest," Singh said.

The Prime Minister also expressed hope that her efforts will inspire millions of others.

"I salute her success, wish her all the best in her future endeavours and hope that her deeds will inspire millions of others," he added.

Noting that climbing Mount Everest is a stupendous feat for any individual, Singh said, “Achieving this after having one's leg cut off below the knee, following the trauma of an assault in a train and being thrown off it must surely count as an exceedingly rare achievement.”

"Arunima's achievement is an example not only to society at large, but also to women everywhere. This young woman looked adversity in the eye and when all seemed lost, decided to make something of her life in the most spectacular fashion possible," Singh said.

(Agencies)

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