Arunima Sinha is the first Indian female amputee who climbed Mount Everest.
Arunima Sinha was a national level volleyball and football player. She boarded the Padmavati Express train at Lucknow for Delhi on 11April 2011 to take an examination to join Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Thieves entered into general coach of the train. They wanted to snatch her bag and gold chain. When she resisted them, they pushed her out of the train. She fell on the railway track. Another train on a parallel track crushed her leg below the knee. On 18 April 2011, she was brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences for further treatment, spending four months at the Institute. She was provided a prosthetic leg free of cost by a private Delhi-based Indian company.
Arunima Sinha was offered compensation of Rs. 25000 (US$390) by the Indian Sports Ministry. Following national outrage, the Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports announced an additional Rs. 200000 (US$3,100) compensation as medical relief, together with a recommendation for a job in the CISF. Indian Railways also offered her a job.
An inquiry by the police into the incident threw her version of the accident into doubt. According to the police, she was either attempting suicide or met with an accident while crossing the railway tracks. Arunima claimed that the police were lying. Contrary to the police claims the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court ordered Indian Railways to pay a compensation of Rs.500,000(US$7,900) to Arunima Sinha.
She took training from the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest at Uttarkashi camp of the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) 2012. On 1 April 2013, Arunima Sinha and Susen Mahto, a TSAF instructor, who had together climbed Mount Chhamser Kangri (6622 metres) in 2012 under the guidance of Bachendri Pal started their ascent of Mount Everest. After a hard toil of 17 hours, Arunima Sinha reached the summit of Mount Everest at 10:55 am on 21 May 2013, as part of the Tata Group-sponsored Eco Everest Expedition, becoming the first female amputee to scale Everest. She took 52 days to reach the summit.
Arunima Sinha has written a book “Born again on the mountain”, launched by Prime minister of India Narendra Modi in December 2014.
She was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015.