At first glance there is nothing remarkable about Parkaso Tomar, a hardy 70-something woman who has spent most of her life working in the fields and tending to cattle in a small north Indian village–until, that is, she picks up a gun and starts shooting.
She is the “shooter granny” of Johri village in Uttar Pradesh, a northern province infamous for honor killings and female foeticide. Not the best of places for girls to grow up.
This is where Parkaso Tomar has become an unlikely role model, inspiring a new generation of female shooters ever since she picked up a gun for the first time–and that was well after she turned 60.
Since then, she has silenced her opponents, both on the shooting range and in the local community, with unwavering commitment and zeal. On the way, she inspired her daughter, Seema, to become the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Rifle and Pistol World Cup.