In limelight, Sonu gets job offer from UP govt

Arunima | Updated: April 19, 2011, 9:38 AM IST

New Delhi: Athlete Sonu (Arunima Sinha), who lost her leg after being pushed out of a train, is finally being brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

She was lonely in her tragedy, but now politicians are making a beeline for Sonu and the cameras - from the Ministry of Sports to Railways to the UP government all are willing to extend help to the maimed volley ball player.

Meanwhile, amidst all the aid coming for her, the UP government has also offered her a job.

"She is from my constituency. I have extended all help. Even Mayawatiji has promised Rs 1 lakh," said UP Transport Minister Ram Achal Rajbhar.

"Sports Ministry has decided to bear all her medical expenses," said Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken.

Sonu's family is glad that all the attention is ensuring better treatment for her.

"I feel that her treatment in Bareilly was not done properly and that is why the infection has spread," said Sonu's mother Gyanbala Devi.

"We wish to take her to Delhi for treatment. The minister has assured of all possible help and has promised to bear all expenses with regard to her treatment," Sonu's sister Laxmi Sinha.

But the politicians seem to be trying hard to hijack the issue and make it a battle of political on upmanship.

"The plight of women in UP is worsening. The CM herself is a woman but women in the state are unsafe. She is responsible. There have been some serious incidents but the CM did not bother to visit the victims. I appeal the CM to pay Arunima a visit," said UP Congress President Rita Bahuguna Joshi.

Sonu, who underwent a second surgery in Lucknow, is now shifted to Delhi's AIIMS for better medical care. She has a job at least on paper and her family is hopeful that the help will continue to pour in even when the cameras stop rolling.

First Published: April 19, 2011, 9:38 AM IST

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