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04 Aug 12 at 6 pm

purewhitewave:

millsmind:

The founder of the gulabis is the fearless Sampat Pal Devi, 40, who was married off at the age of 12 to an ice-cream vendor and had the first of her five children at 15. The gulabis, whose members say they are a “gang for justice,” started in 2006 as a sisterhood of sorts that looked out for victims of domestic abuse, a problem the United Nations estimates affects two in three married Indian women. Named after their hot-pink sari uniforms, the gang paid visits to abusive husbands and demanded they stop the beatings. When obstinate men refused to listen, the gulabis would return with large bamboo sticks called laathis and “persuade” them to change their ways. “When I go around with a stick, it’s to make men fear me. I don’t always use it, but it helps change the mind of men who think they are more powerful than me” says Pal. She has assumed the rank of commander in chief and has appointed district commanders across seven districts in Bundelkhand to help coordinate the gang’s efforts.

Pal’s group now has more than 20,000 members, and the number is growing.

Spotted: 20,000+ oppressed brown women kicking phenomenal ass. Fucks were not given.

I think I will wear pink tomorrow to show my solidarity. What awesome women.

a friend once told me about these ruthless vigilantes. she told me it was her dream to go to india and prove herself to their leader, a women feared for her exceptional martial skill and underground power. her plan was to knife fight her, and then become her apprentice. from the stories i’ve heard, she actually did it (i don’t think they fought, but she did find them). *punky little homeless girl not shown here*

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purewhitewave:

millsmind:

The founder of the gulabis is the fearless Sampat Pal Devi, 40, who was married off at the age of 12 to an ice-cream vendor and had the first of her five children at 15. The gulabis, whose members say they are a “gang for justice,” started in 2006 as a sisterhood of sorts that looked out for victims of domestic abuse, a problem the United Nations estimates affects two in three married Indian women. Named after their hot-pink sari uniforms, the gang paid visits to abusive husbands and demanded they stop the beatings. When obstinate men refused to listen, the gulabis would return with large bamboo sticks called laathis and “persuade” them to change their ways. “When I go around with a stick, it’s to make men fear me. I don’t always use it, but it helps change the mind of men who think they are more powerful than me” says Pal. She has assumed the rank of commander in chief and has appointed district commanders across seven districts in Bundelkhand to help coordinate the gang’s efforts.
Pal’s group now has more than 20,000 members, and the number is growing.
Spotted: 20,000+ oppressed brown women kicking phenomenal ass. Fucks were not given.

I think I will wear pink tomorrow to show my solidarity. What awesome women.

a friend once told me about these ruthless vigilantes. she told me it was her dream to go to india and prove herself to their leader, a women feared for her exceptional martial skill and underground power. her plan was to knife fight her, and then become her apprentice. from the stories i’ve heard, she actually did it (i don’t think they fought, but she did find them). *punky little homeless girl not shown here*
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