In Sonipat, a district in the state of Haryana in India which grapples with an age-old mindset of superiority of having a son over a girl child, Tanu was born with learning disabilities. Her mother even now struggles to turn a deaf ear to the echoes of her neighbour’s whispers- ‘She is mad’.
Tanu's life has changed since she started training and playing sports with Special Olympics in India. She is headed to the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria in March. She will compete in figure skating.
When Tanu won a gold medal at the National Championship for figure skating, her mother was overjoyed. She could not believe that her daughter could excel in an ice skating sport.
“For me, my daughter is successful even now. After reading about her in the newspaper and getting to know of her achievements in sports, my neighbours tell their children to be like her! When we go anywhere they identify us as Tanu’s parents and that means the world to me."
Read more about Tanu's life and sports at the link below.