Deepa's best throw of 4.61m from her six attempts was enough to clinch the silver medal. India, thus, now have secured three medal from the Rio Paralympics. Deepa will receive a cash award of Rs 4 crore under Haryana Sports Scheme for her feat.

Bahrain's Fatema Nedham won the gold medal with a best throw of 4.76m, while Dimitra Korokida of Greece bagged the bronze medal with a throw of 4.28m.

Deepa is a paraplegic, paralysed from waist down and mother of two and wife of an Army officer. Life took a twist when a spinal tumour made walking impossible for her 17 years ago.

The spinal tumour had to be operated and 31 surgeries were conducted on Deepa which was healed after 183 stitches between her waist and legs. Besides shotput, Deepa has participated in javelin throw, swimming and has also been a motivational speaker.

She has also won medals in swimming at international competitions. She holds the Asian record in javelin throw, and also has World Championships silver medals in shot put and discus in 2011.

Deepa's silver is India's third medal of the Games after Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati won gold and bronze respectively in men's high jump.

Soon after her win a rail of congratulatory messages, From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sporting icons Sachin Tendulkar and Abhinav Bindra, India showered accolades on Deepa Malik who created history by becoming the first-ever woman from the country to win a medal at the Paralympics.

Deepa bagged a silver in the shotput F-53 event at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. "Well done @DeepaAthlete! Your silver at the #Paralympics makes the nation very proud. Congratulations. #Rio2016," the PM wrote on his official twitter handle.

Cricket legend Tendulkar called her achievement phenomenal. "Many Congratulations @DeepaAthlete for your phenomenal performance at the #paralympics.. Here's to many more victories!"

India's lone individual Olympic gold medallist Bindra aid she is an inspiration. "Many many congratulations @DeepaAthlete. You are an inspiration to india ! Congrats also to @GoSportsVoices," Bindra wrote.

Olympic silver medallist and now a union minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wrote, "Congratulations @DeepaAthlete ! for the #Silver medal.. Great performance ??. Well done #Rio2016."

2008 Beijing Games bronze medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh wrote, "Congrats #DeepaMalik for silver medal in #ParalympicsRio2016." Badminton ace Saina Nehwal lauded Deepa's feat, "Congratulations #DeepaMalik #silver medal." London Olympics bronze winning wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt said, "Congratulations to @DeepaAthlete for silver medal at #Paralympics #Rio2016."

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi congratulated Deepa for winning the silver medal. Gandhi said she is elated and this achievement is epoch making and brings tremendous glory to the country. Awestruck by Malik's brilliant story of courage and perseverance, Gandhi wished her great success with her life and games.  Sports Minister Vijay Goel tweeted, "Congrats to .@DeepaAthlete as she becomes #India's first ever female #Paralympics medallist, wins silver in Women's F-53 Shot Put final."

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India cricketer Ajinkya Rahane said, "Congratulations Deepa Malik for winning the silver medal. Many more to come." Shooter Heena Sidhu said, "Another silver medal for India.... Deepa Malik. Its strange we had Sakshi Malik and Deepa karmakar, now v have a new champ, Deepa Malik! Hockey India said, "Join Hockey India in congratulating @DeepaAthlete for her Silver Medal in Shot Put - F53 at #Rio2016 #Paralympics!

BCCI wrote on its twitter handle, "Congratulations Deepa Malik on winning #Silver in women’s shotput-F53 event. 1st Indian woman #Paralympics medallist."