Jan 30 2014
This is a little off topic but I thought it was worth mentioning here.
The sarees being worn here are more of a uniform than a fashion statement. These women are members of the Gulaabi Gang (the Pink Gang), an all-female group of vigilantes from the Bundelkhand area of Uttar Pradesh. The gang was founded, in 2006, by the fearless and feisty Sampat Pal to fight for the rights of women in the area. They adopted the pink sarees to identify themselves and the pink sticks for protection!
Life can be particularly tough for women in parts of rural India. Domestic violence, rape and dowry-related murder are all too common. Many of these crimes go unreported and even if they are reported local officials are often slow to investigate them. The Gulaabi Gang, which now has over 20,000 members, are trying to correct this.
The gang has recently been the subject of a book, ‘Pink Sari Revolution’, by Amana Fontanella-Khan. This has brought them to the attention of a worldwide audience but it has also raised their profile in India too. To such an extent that a Bollywood film is now being made about them called Gulaab Gang, starring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla.