Kiran Choudhry, Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, has congratulated Deepa Malik of Sonepat on achieving the distinction of becoming the first Indian woman athlete to win silver medal in the women's shot put event with a throw of 4.61m at Rio de Janeiro Paralympics in Brazil. In a statement issued today, the former excise and taxation minister saluted the indomitable spirit of Deepa who is paralysed from waist below, and said, "I extend my heartiest congratulations to Deepa Malik who made history at Rio and won silver medal. She has done the state and the country proud and showed how courage and resolve can help overcome any hurdle in life." After Sakshi Malik became the first girl from the country to win medal in wrestling in Olympics, Deepa has become the first woman athlete from India to win a medal in Paralympics. "We are proud of our daughters who are bringing laurels", Mrs Choudhry said and conveyed her heartiest congratulations to members of Deepa's family.