Behold the Gulabi Gang: Crimefighters with a Difference

by SajiniW
28th November, 2007 at 5:50 pm    

They have a uniform of pink saris and go after corrupt officials with sticks and axes. Yes, you’ve heard it – the Gulabi Gang are in town!

After having grown disillusioned with second-class treatment from officials and NGO groups, the local ladies of Banda , Uttar Pradesh, have taken justice into their own hands.

Pink-clad vigilantes have thrashed men who have mistreated their wives over the last two years. They have also unearthed corruption in the distribution of grain to the poor. The ladies have also taken caste discrimination into their hands, using the weapons of mass protest and humilation.

They’ve even got male members joining the ranks of rebellion against rural India’s patriarchy and feudalism, unsurprising given the lack of political participation available to the poor.

Here’s to hoping the gang’s actions go on to improve the lives of many, many more.

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  1. Sunny — on 29th November, 2007 at 4:15 am  

    Heh, brilliant!

  2. vader — on 29th November, 2007 at 7:00 am  

    Compare and contrast these women’s vigilanthism with the burka babes of Lal masjid or Kashmir who turned the violence primarily onto other (presumably less moral)women themselves. Instructive?

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