“Shooter Dadi” Chandro Tomar succumbs to COVID-19

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Published by Diya Khetrapal on 30 Apr 2021

Due to COVID-19, veteran shooter Chandro Tomar, also known as “Shooter Dadi,” died. She was 89 years old at the time. Chandro Tomar was recently admitted to a hospital in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. Winner of over 30 national championships, her bravery in defying sexism and taking up shooting as a sport has and will continue motivating future generations. Chandro Tomar, a native of Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh, began competitive shooting at the age of 65.

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri took to Twitter to express his grief, and wrote, “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.”

Ms. Tomar was a Twitter star with hundreds of thousands of followers. Prakashi Tomar, her sister-in-law, is also one of the world’s oldest sharpshooters. Tapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar played the lead roles in the 2019 Bollywood film “Saand Ki Aankh,” which was inspired by their lives.

Several actors paid their respects to the veteran shooter.

When she revealed her illness on Twitter, a number of politicians, Bollywood stars, and celebrities wished her a speedy recovery.

On Friday, India recorded the highest-ever number of deaths in the last 24 hours, with 3,498 people dying as a result of the more deadly second wave of coronavirus infections. In addition, the nation reported 3,86,442 COVID-19 cases, the highest number since the outbreak began. For many days, India has been registering more than 3 lakh daily coronavirus cases. Huge caseloads have resulted in a lack of hospital beds, medications, and oxygen around the world.

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