Odd things, daily.
The Gulabi gang is a group of female vigilantes that stalk the streets of India dressed in matching pink saris. They target rapists, shady government officials and abusive husbands, and exact their own brand of violent justice on them.
The gang was founded in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi, after she discovered a friend was a victim of domestic abuse and that the police were reluctant to get involved. Sampat Pal Devi gathered a group of neighbourhood women, taught them to fight with laathis (bamboo sticks), and led an attack on the alcoholic husband. Since then the group has grown to over 20,000 members over India, along with a smaller group in France.
The Indian media portray the group positively as they have vowed to fight against all corruption and poverty. In 2008, after discovering an electricity company had deliberately switched off power in order to extract bribes, the gang stormed the office and forced the power back on.
As well as striking fear into the hearts of rapists and abusive husbands, the Gulabi Gang have stopped many child marriages and openly protest for woman’s rights. The pink saris represent feminism, and work as a colour that unites women from different religions, societies and political parties.
A movie is currently in production about the vigilantes, but Gulabi Gang spokeswoman Janiprakash Shivhare isn’t too enthusiastic about the idea. “We run a group that helps women in distress,” Shivhare explains. “But we are sceptical as to how all of this will be shown in a film.” The gang has gone so far as to threaten to attack the movie producers if they don’t like the final cut.
These woman are amazing.