EARLY LIFE :
She was born on Wednesday, 30 September 1970, in Bhaiswal, Sonipat District, Haryana. Her zodiac sign is Libra.
She completed her schooling at Calcutta’s Kendriya Vidyalaya and went to Sophia College, Ajmer, to graduate. Deepa was born like an average child, but a spinal tumor was detected in her body when she was five years old. After three years of long treatment, her spinal tumor was cured. In 1999, again, she was diagnosed with a spinal tumor and had no option other than to operate on it. The doctors told her that if she lived with cancer, she would die early, and if she operated on it, she would be paralyzed. So, she opted for the second option. She underwent three surgeries and got 183 stitches. Her lower body was paralyzed post the surgery.
She was born into a North Indian family. Her father, Balkrishan Nagpal, is a former Indian Army Personnel. Her mother’s name is Veena Nagpal. She has a brother, Vikram Nagpal.
When she was 36 years old, she decided to pursue a career in sports. She participated in various athletic events like Shot Put, Javelin Throw, and Discus Throw. She participated in a different state, national and international events and won awards and medals. She won a silver medal in 2016’s Paralympic games. In Asian Para Games 2018, she became the only Indian woman to win medals in 3 consecutive Asian Para Games (2010, 2014, 2018).
In 2016, when Deepa was ignored for the Khel Ratna Award, she “appealed” to the Sports Ministry for an award.
PERSONAL LIFE :
She married her boyfriend ‘Bikram Singh’ on 27 June 1989. He is an Indian Army Officer. They are blessed with two daughters- Ambika Malik and Devika Malik. Ambika works at the Rotaract Club of JGU, and Devika works at CCYDN Commonwealth Children & Youth Disability Network.