Saturday, March 15, 2008

No, it's not a new Quentin Tarantino movie

This story seems to be getting a lot of coverage in the UK, but I haven't seen anything about it in the US yet. The Gulabi Gang is a female vigilante group in India:
Gulabi means pink, and refers to the electric shade of the uniform worn by the 500-plus members, who hail from Banda's arid villages. The women have become folk heroes, winning public support for a series of Robin Hood-style operations. Their most daring exploit was to hijack trucks laden with food meant for the poor that was being taken to be sold for profit at the market by corrupt officials.
The targets of the Gulabi Gang's vigilantism are corrupt officials and violent husbands. The gang has stopped child marriages, forced police officers to register cases of domestic violence - by slapping them - and got roads built by dragging the official responsible from his desk on to the dust track in question.

Here are articles from the Guardian and the Daily Mail. I know is should feel some unease about vigilante justice and their use of violence, but nevertheless.... badass awesome.

2 comments:

Briana said...

Great post!! I appreciate international news, especially stories like this. Thanks E.

Megr said...

I think your soccer team should be called the Gulabi gang if you keep wearing the pink t-shirts.