In the wake of increasing attacks on college and school-going girls, some of the educational institutions are imparting training to their girl students in karate to protect themselves from stalkers.
But, Deepthi does not require such kind of training since she had bowed down a number of opponents in various competitions. Engineering final-year student, Gajula Deepthi managed to reach black belt second down besides winning 100 medals in different karate competitions.
Recognising her achievements in the field of karate, Karate Federation of Shotokan India, honoured the girl at Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad, recently. Film star Suman and Karate Association of Telangana president B Mahesh Kumar Goud felicitated Deepthi.
A resident of Padmanagar, Karimnagar town, Deepthi began practising karate from her school days. She participated in 55 competitions including 24 national, 20 State and 11 district-level and won more than hundred medals, including 65 golds.
Karate World Cup held in Mumbai in 2016 and Asian Karate Championship held in Hyderabad in 2009 are among the few major international events where she got gold and silver medals respectively. Not only karate, she is good at studies too. She scored 578 marks in SSC and 975 in intermediate. After completing intermediate in a private college here in 2013, Deepthi got admission in CVR engineering college in Hyderabad and is currently pursuing mechanical engineering final year.
Daughter of a TSRTC conductor, Deepthi wants to become an IPS officer. Expressing her ambition to Tabloid Today, Deepthi said she would start preparation for UPSC exams after completion of engineering and crack it as early as possible. She also wants to participate in two major events — Common Wealth Games and Olympics.
Besides medals in karate, she also received awards from various organisations. Visakhapatnam-based NGO Arpitha honoured the girl with ‘Andhra Balaratna’ in 2012. She also got PV Kala Puraskaram ‘Kala Kiranam’ in 2010 and State government’s appreciation certificate in 2010.