A woman by the name of Sampat Pal Devi is a true beacon of light in the darkness. Sampat is a Hindi mother of five, former government work and former child bride living in India. Disgusted by widespread domestic abuse and violence against women in the poorest sections of Northern India, she formed a women’s movement in 2006 called “The Gulabi Gang” (from the Hindi word “gulabi” meaning pink). The women wear bright pink saris as uniforms and carry laathis (traditional bamboo stick weapons).
Northern India is poverty ridden, with a strict caste system, a high rate of domestic violence, child labor and child marriages.
The original intention of the Gulabis was to punish oppressive men and fight against domestic violence. They would first try to reason with the men and if the men continue their abuse they are publicly shamed. Finally, if the offending men resorted to the use of force they are then beaten by the women with their laathis.
Today, they work not only for the rights of women but for men as well, fighting human rights abuses against the weak and poor of both sexes.
Visit Sampat Pal Devi’s website for more information on the brave group of women: The Gulabi Gang