Dilraj Kaur came to be recognised as one of India’s first international level para shooters in the 15 years since she started out in the sport in 2005. However, the accolades she has won over the course of her career have not helped her steer clear of the current plight she finds herself in.
Dilraj, 34, now sells biscuits and chips from a roadside stall near Gandhi Park in Dehradun. “I thought there will be some light in my house because I have won medals for India but maybe that wasn’t to be. When it was the country’s need I was there, but now when I am in need there is no one,” said Kaur.
Considered one of the best para air pistol shooters in the country at one point, Dilraj has won over two dozen national and international titles over her career. She stays in a rented apartment in Dehradun with her mother Gurbeet. “Our financial state is very bad which is the reason why we are being forced to sell biscuits and chips to make ends meet,” she said.”I have appealed for a job on the basis of my achievement in sports a number of times but nothing has happened,” she said.