SHOOTING DOWN PATRIARCHY
Prakashi Tomar aka ‘Shooter Dadi’ is one of the world’s oldest sharpshooters in India. The 80-year-old has won various medals at the state and national level. This woman is not just a sharpshooter; she has been courageously fighting patriarchy throughout her life. She has waged a battle against women suppression. She hails from a small village, Johri, in Uttar Pradesh. “In my village, women weren’t even allowed to speak in front of men, let alone hold a gun in their hands. They had absolutely no rights.” But thanks to dadi’s rebellion, the tide has turned. From encouraging young women to pursue the sport to giving it back to the trolls, Prakashi Tomar stuck to her guns. She took up sharpshooting at the age of 60. Initially, she kept it a secret from villagers. But things changed when she brought home prestigious awards. Now, shooter daadi is an inspiration for all young women in her village who want to champion the sport.