Violence in any form is deeply frowned upon across the globe. However, domestic violence is an act that is widely by the world no matter the reason. Even though the world has seen a lot of evolutions, women are still being mistreated and abused by men with India quite famous for domestic violence. Having enough, an all-female gang named Gulabi decided to come to the rescue of all helpless wives who were being abused. “Gulabi Gang” is a group of women in India who track down and beat abusive husbands with brooms in India. Sounds funny right?
However, do not take these women lightly. Day in day out, the people of Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh, have to fight a battle for survival as they somehow try to live with the infertile land, a corrupt judicial system, and India’s oppressive, outdated caste mechanism. It is a well-known fact that India is still not a pleasant place for women to live freely and domestic violence is right at the centre of the miserable conditions of women in India. Taking all this into consideration, the “Gulabi Gang” a group of Indian women activists formed in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi, rose up a response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against women. The women of the “Gulabi Gang” do not look like a typical gang.
They are actually a group of women wearing pink sarees that symbolise strength and carry around bamboo sticks and brooms that can be used as weapons if needed. Interestingly, most of these women are from a poor background and the lowest caste system in the country, the Dalit. The founder of the group, Sampat Devi, formed the group after she herself beat her abusive husband.
Since then, women have joined the group to punish oppressive and abusive men. These women scolded men who abused their wives and also publicly humiliated them. In some cases, they even went further to threaten these abusive husbands with laathis or bamboo sticks to teach them a lesson about respecting their wives and to put an end to domestic violence.
Being a popular and guaranteed source to eliminate violence and abuse, the group achieved national recognition and was honoured by The Kelvinator 11th GR8! Women Award, an award offered by the Indian Television Academy. They also earned the Godfrey Phillips Bravery Award for social bravery, offered in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Delhi. Since its introduction, the Gulabi gang has gained a lot of support with more than 250,000 women as it members, reports the Hindustan Times. Still, the figures are increasing and these women are determined to end the domestic abuse and violence for good.
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