Sampat Pal echoes solidarity to all women around the world fighting – in all their different ways – for a more just, equitable and peaceful world. From her earliest days as a child, Sampat had always felt keenly the offence of injustice—the sight of it enraged her. She began the Gulaabi Gang revolution when she was only 20 years old.
Sampat Pal Devi was an ordinary housewife who got married at the tender age of 12. After four years, while returning to her home, she heard about the drunken abuse of her friend’s husband. Unable to stop the abuse alone and enraged by the helplessness of her friend, she gathered the neighbours and beat the abusive husband of her friend in front of the whole society. An incident that marks the beginning of a new wave of change in her life. The idea of Gulabi Gang had incorporated from there. After a couple of years, Sampat Pal Devi and her Gulabi gang also fought for the allotted amount of food and grains which are supposed to be distributed by the local fair price shops.
She stood up for fighting violence against women, preventing child marriages, arranging weddings of couple in love despite local resistance, to ensuring delivery of basic rights for the poorest of poor. One woman who has been able to radicalise the draconian regime of patriarchy, blimpishness and a regressive society. Devi’s intervention had the desired result and the recalcitrant husband was forced to mend his ways. More importantly, Devi’s model of delivering alternative justice inspired a movement that now boasts of a network of 400,000 women - dressed in pink sarees and all wielding a stick - across 11 districts of India’s largest province of Uttar Pradesh. A revolution has begun!!