Chandro Tomar, popularly known as ‘Shooter Dadi’, succumbed to COVID-19 on Friday. She was 89.

The award-winning shooter and real-life inspiration had tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut following breathing difficulty.

She smashed patriarchy and gender stereotypes when she picked up a gun for the first time in her 60s and went on to win many national competitions. She even inspired a Bollywood movie on her life.

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Expressing grief, her sister-in-law, Prakashi Tomar, who is also one of the oldest women sharp shooters, wrote on Twitter, “Mera saath chhoot gaya, Chandro kaha chali gayi (She has left me, Chandro where have you gone?).”

Union aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri also condoled her death. He said on Twitter, “An epitome of gender equality and champion of women’s rights Smt Chandro Tomar, known as ‘Shooter Dadi’ by her fans and admirers is no more. The courage with which she challenged patriarchy and took up shooting as a sport will inspire generations to come. Condolences to her family.”

Actor Bhumi Pednekar, who played Chandro Dadi in the Bollywood film ‘Saand Ki Aankh‘, shared pictures with Tomar on Twitter. She said, “Feels like a part of me is gone. She made her own rules & paved the path for many girl to find their dream. Her legacy will live on in them. Condolences to the family. Am lucky I got to know and be her.”

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