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Women taking revenge out on the streets of India

December 17th 2008 08:53
India female gang in pink gulabi

This is like a big, bad bag of revenge... women in India, long suppressed as a feeble gender, have banded together, put on pink saris and gone after the bloody throats of corrupt police officers and officials.

It's almost too much awesome vigilante action - they call themselves the gulabi gang, and they've hunted down men that abuse their wives, or police officers that treat lower castes unfairly.

Read the article!

""Nobody comes to our help in these parts. The officials and the police are corrupt and anti-poor. So sometimes we have to take the law in our hands. At other times, we prefer to shame the wrongdoers," says Sampat Pal Devi, between teaching a "gang" member on how to use a lathi (traditional Indian stick) in self defence. "

People are suffering in India, especially in regions where the drought has made farming difficult. The poor find it tough to find justice, feeling the wrath of a legal system that is happy to exploit them, monopolizing the resources for those with power and influence, leaving the hunger crowds with nothing.

The pink gang opposes these excesses:

""Mind you," she says, "we are not a gang in the usual sense of the term. We are a gang for justice.""

Sure, now you're all about justice... but what happens when the pull of power is just too seductive to ignore?

Soon, it'll seem like a good idea to farm a little heroin, just to make the balance sheet look a little nicer. Then you'll realize that automatic weapons can help the gang do three times the vengeance. Before too long, you'll be a full-fledged rebel faction, hiding in the jungle and trying to overthrow the police.

It reminds me of a Simpsons episode with the cat burglar, where Homer organizes a mob of vigilantes - I couldn't find that video, but here's one to replace it:

And that's why we shouldn't eat too many donuts.

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Comment by Linh

December 18th 2008 02:10
Perhaps the women could form a political party.
A party which fights for equality and justice for women, children and those of the lower caste.

Maybe it's not revenge they're seeking but just sending a message to others that women want to be more socially inclusive and respected.

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