"Pink gang" in India: Women's group, which is fighting for justice

India - one of the most backward countries in relation to women's rights. Unfortunately, the state does not find time trying to solve the problems of their female citizens, so they took matters into their own hands. Literally: Member Firms "pink gang" wear bright pink sari, and in the hands of their battle staffs. They float when it is necessary to solve the problem. And they are able to literally discourage men their rights.

In India, every 22 minutes a rape takes place. In this case, the crime of a sexual nature took 4 th place in the list of crimes against women: The first three - domestic violence, harassment on the streets and kidnappings. Sexual slavery is also common, and most women who are victims of crimes of a sexual nature, are infected with HIV. The only women's rights, which in India is not broken - it is right to work: Indian women work alongside men at construction sites, in mines and hazardous work, however, that wages are half the size. Caste is officially banned in India, continue to exist. And the man of higher caste, committed a crime against a woman of a lower caste, usually to avoid punishment.

You're a woman! Give him back!

Something had changed in 2006, when in the poorest regions of North India Bundelkhand and a women's organization called Gulabi Gang, or Pink gang.

Its founder and ideological inspirer - Sampat Pal Devi, a woman was married at 12, and at 15 she gave birth to first child. Sampath husband as she was from a poor family and earn a living by selling ice cream. His frustration over a failed life, he took out on his wife, beating her regularly. However, domestic violence, alas, accustomed to Indian women. But Sampath did not want to put up with it. She left her husband and decided to dedicate his life protecting other women. In 2006, Sampath saw a neighbor beat his wife, and intervened. Indians - not the largest and most powerful men in the world, but they are stronger than women, and Sampath, defending her neighbor, was severely beaten. But do not give up. The next day, she gathered her friends, armed them with sticks and set out to take revenge. Together, they beat the home boxer, until he started to cry and beg for mercy on his knees. Local men, characteristically, did not even think to stand up for him.

And just a couple of days to Sampath started coming women who are beaten by their husbands, too, and ask for her protection. So a band of pink.

There is nothing worse than being a beggar woman of a lower caste

Today Pink gang has nearly half a million participants and participants: Yes, that's right, because both men are connected to it. But mostly in the band, of course, women, and most of them - from the lowest caste, the untouchables. Officially the caste system is banned in India, but de facto members of the lower castes are still treated worse than a dog: it is believed that these people have no basic human rights, as if they suddenly claim them, it should be prevented.

And within the caste woman - is the lowest, weakest link: a man, like any patriarchal country, in first place, followed by the children - heirs and hope in old age (boys) and extra mouths, which, although not too gluttonous ( girls), and the last woman. Wordless and disenfranchised the working cattle, which must plow, fruit (and treat newborn daughters in the jungle, because untouchable no money to selective abortion, and valued only sons) and the time to expose the sides of the blows.

But thanks to Sampat Pal Devi women banded together and began to beat (literally) of other women: they came armed with combat staffs, attacked the crowd and not be afraid of any resistance men, who began to understand what was going on, nor the police, which, as generally ignored the problems in an environment of "inferior". Pink gang began to grow, and the rumors about her split across India.

Pink - the color of life, Lakra - stick revenge

Sampat Pal Devi says: "The word" gang "does not necessarily mean criminals. It also has a value of "team", "artist". We - the gang, which is fighting for justice. "

Participants gang dressed in pink saris because the color pink in India is not associated with anything: a band avoids relations with any state institutions, politicians or protest movements. "We do not need donations or handouts, we do not want favors. Give us jobs, fair pay for it and give us back our dignity "- this is their main principle.

But in fact, the pink color is chosen also because it is easier to see each other in the crowd.

All the participants are armed gangs Lakra - traditional martial North Indian staff. The gang have instructors who teach women to own them. As a result, anti-detachment "gangsters" armed with staves, not risk performing even the most aggressive men.

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There is no discrimination

Despite the fact that the main objective of the Pink Gang - the struggle for the rights of women (they were able to prevent many arranged marriages, when married were given a child and save a large number of victims of domestic violence), men also do not refuse to help. And fight not only with men but also with corrupt officials. For example, in 2008, a gang member attacked the local management of electricity. It keeps going out electricity and connect it only when the main officials received bribes (sometimes sexual services of underage girls). An hour later, after the pink gang burst into the control, the electricity supply has been restored and is no longer interrupted.

On another occasion, a man asked for help, work on the farm, and there were almost 7000: they do not pay the promised compensation for the damaged crops. They themselves are not able to defend their rights, and did Pink gang: losses offset.

Meanwhile, Pat Sampat Devi gives interview to Hindustan Times, which says: "The real power is not in the sticks. She is in our numbers. One day we will be enough to shake Delhi ".

We hope it will be so.