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Michelle Young

Michelle - Orkut shot Michelle YoungJan 6, 2013
Frankly, I couldn’t decide whether to put this in the Malala thread, this one, or the gang rape thread. This just felt like the most logical place, but I worry that I’ll be dotting back and forth in my effort to do the weaving as this new subject shows up. If I stuck with the gang rape thread, load of valuable information might otherwise be lot. It seems best here no matter what kinds of rationalization I do to move it.

The following picture showed up in one of my least favorites today. By now you probably know which one. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out. Still it’s a story that needs to be shared as well, so I’m sharing:
Gulabi Gang
“This is pretty much as badass as imaginable–

“The Gulabi gang (from Hindi gulabi, “pink”, transln. “pink gang”) is a group of women vigilantes and activists originally from Banda in Bundelkhand district, Uttar Pradesh, India, but reported to be active across North India as of 2010. It is named after the pink saris worn by its members.

The gang was founded in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi, a mother
of five and former government health worker (and a former child bride), as a response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against women. Gulabis visit abusive husbands and beat them up with laathis (bamboo sticks) unless they stop abusing their wives. In 2008, they stormed an electricity office in Banda district and forced officials to turn back the power they had cut in order to extract bribes. They have also stopped child marriages and protested dowry and female illiteracy.””