2.12.07

THE GULABI GANG

They wear pink saris. They beat up dudes who abandon or mistreat their wives, and they beat up corrupt policemen, and they've uncovered corruption in the distribution of grain to the poor and beaten the crap out of those involved there also. They use traditional Indian fighting sticks called 'lathis' to dispense their vigilante justice, and they're led by a firebrand called Sampat Pai Devi, a former government health worker who quit because her job was 'not satisfying enough' and started her 'gang for justice' instead. Men can join too, but the main focus is on improving the status of women in Uttar Pradesh, one of India's poorest regions. "Village society in India is loaded against women", says Sampat Devi. "It refuses to educate them, marries them off too early, barters them for money. Village women need to study and become independent to sort it out themselves," she says. Looks like *insert cheesy quote about sisters doin' it for themselves, etc*.


via BBC news

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