SHOOT­ING DOWN PA­TRI­ARCHY

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - Lifestyle -

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.

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