Monday, November 24, 2008

Go Gulabi Gang!!

If ever a group were justified in calling themselves a "gang", it would be these lovely ladies in pink saris from Northern India. They stand up for the rights of all, so everyone gets electricity, equality under land use laws, and equal grain distribution. They remind me of the strong Rwandan women who took their country back from the warlords (when they greedily horded natural resources, and oppressed the people).
"Mind you," one 'pink lady' says, "we are not a gang in the usual sense of the term. We are a gang for justice."
Read about them, and evaluate whether you think what they do is "right" or "wrong". Remember, until you walk a mile in another person's shoes, you can not know how easy or difficult it is surviving the choices they make in the circumstances.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7068875.stm

41 comments:

  1. The pink women of Banda shun political parties and NGOs because, in the words of their feisty leader, Sampat Pal Devi, "they are always looking for kickbacks when they offer to fund us". Two years after they gave themselves a name and an attire, the women in pink have thrashed men who have abandoned or beaten their wives and unearthed corruption in the distribution of grain to the poor. They have also stormed a police station and attacked a policeman after they took in an untouchable man and refused to register a case. To me, the Gulabi Gang is trying to be the "local superhero". They may not have any sort of superpower, but, nevertheless, they are putting fear in the hearts of wrongdoers. For example, Superman fights crime and puts fear in the hearts of wrongdoers, but that doesn't mean he is doing something bad. He's just trying to help out and make the world a better place. In the Gulabi Gang's case, a better government.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7068875.stm

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  2. I think what they are doing is right because the men who beat and hurt their wife should get the same thing back at them. They also help the poor by giving them food which is nice. Its about time that the women fight back for themselves against the wrongdoers. I think that the Gulabi Gang will become much bigger in India because many beaten wives will join and make the gang grow. This could possibly end all the wife beatings in India and encourage women all over the world to unaccept abuse.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7068875.stm

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  3. What these pink women of India are doing is trying to get equal opportunity in India and an equal balance in living. They don't like the fact that men are causing corruption in the country and treating the poor women like a piece of meat. They want equality in the country and I do not blame them. This Gulabi Gang is not like any normal gang. They do not really cause violence, well they do a bit but all for good reasons.

    "The pink women of Banda shun political parties and NGOs because, in the words of their feisty leader, Sampat Pal Devi, they are always looking for kickbacks when they offer to fund us. Two years after they gave themselves a name and an attire, the women in pink have thrashed men who have abandoned or beaten their wives and unearthed corruption in the distribution of grain to the poor".

    They stand up for their rights and what they believe in and I think they are definitly making the right choice and soon it will prevail and the Indian leaders are going to realize that equality is key.

    Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7068875.stm

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  4. Oh snap! Maybe we should send Scott Peterson over there to learn a lesson or two. This is pretty damn awesome. This is the kind of stuff we need over hear. People who aren't afraid to stand up and take down people who they KNOW who are breaking the law. Or who they KNOW who are abusing their families but can't do anything to prove it. This is what will also wipe those idiots over in DC who keep screwing us over with OUR OWN MONEY! I have to say that there is a major change coming, and it's not going to be lead by the Government it's going to be lead by the people who are FED up with the way things are going.

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  5. I believe what they are doing is correct. They should be able to have the same rights as men, like in the United States. Since the world started, it has been dominated by men. These women have been treated badly possibly their whole lives, they are tired of this, so they snapped. Women have always been seen as the submissive sex, and it is about time that Women spoke out and demanded their rights. Even now in the U.S which is supposed to be the land of equality, women are paid less than men. Men are seen as very macho, and take life by the horns, but as soon as they feel a women's touch, they crumble. Who is the dominant sex now?

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7068875.stm

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  6. Nathalie1 and Sydney1November 25, 2008 at 8:44 AM

    I feel like the 'pink ladies' are trying to make improvements for their country and they are fighting for the rights of all people in Northern India. I think that what they are doing is right.

    "To make matters worse, women bear the brunt of poverty and discrimination in Banda's highly caste-ridden, feudalistic and male dominated society. Dowry demands and domestic and sexual violence are common.
    Locals say it is not surprising that a women's vigilante group has sprung up in this landscape of poverty, discrimination and chauvinism.
    Sampat Pal Devi is a wiry woman, wife of an ice cream vendor, mother of five children, and a former government health worker who set up and leads the "pink gang"."

    The woman in the county are tired of the old fashioned rules. They want to reform and they want change. The woman group wants to have a voice in the government and they want to have an impact in their future, and the future of others.

    These woman resemble the NAWSA from the 1890's. NAWSA stands for National American Woman Suffrage Association.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony formed the National Woman Suffrage Association to work for suffrage on the federal level and to press for more extensive institutional changes, such as the granting of property rights to married women. Lucy Stone created the American Woman Suffrage Association, which aimed to secure the ballot through the legislation.
    The two groups, in 1890 united under the same name; NAWSA.

    It is important to have women make changes and put interest into making reforms for out our country and for women in other countries.
    The women in India are strong and they will not give up until the changes they want made are accomadated for.

    "Village society in India is loaded against women. It refuses to educate them, marries them off too early, barters them for money. Village women need to study and become independent to sort it out themselves," she says.

    The Indian woman are making ever lasting reforms to India, like other influential women in the US.

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  7. I think what the Gulabi Gang is doing is right. Someone needs to stand up for the poor, and the mistreated. They do a lot of good things for the poor, like give them food. They are against political parties and NGO's. They just try and bribe them by offering them funding and other kick backs. I think that the Gulabi Gang will continue to grow and get more powerful in India because all the mistreated wives will see what is going with the Gulabi Gang and want to join so they can help make a difference.

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  8. While I applaud their efforts and I think that they are making a difference in India, one part of what they said truly disturbed me. In the article it said that a mother brought her daughter to Sampat Devi's house because her daughter was thrown out of her house by her husband. The group wants to return the girl to her husband and proudly state that they have returned 11 other girls to their husbands. The also state the reason they return these girls to their husbands is because "women need men to live with". These are pro equal education and yet they aren't encouraging education so that women can be independent from men.

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  9. I think that the women are doing something really good. They are trying to help as much as they can. I like how they tell people that gangs doesn't always mean that it is bad. I really think that they are going to make a difference.

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  10. The "Pink Ladies" seem like a very strong determined "gang" of people. What they are doing is exciting and in ways wonderful, but it must be very difficult. You don't see groups like this just everyday, even though we need more of these people, they should feel very proud which I bet they do. Also everyone who is being supported by them or in the presence of there help should be very great-full. Even when these women are being hurt or disrespected they still do what they think is best. Possibly not everything they do is not the best decision in some sort of opinion. They are trying to be equal with all , which I believe is a great thing to express and make happen. They are an inspiration.

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  11. This group of woman are doing the right thing. Usually one woman can not make a difference. What can make is that group because they know what they want. They might not call there selfs a gang, but after fighting for what they want many people can be scared. Many people now its just woman wearing pink but its a bunch of smart woman that are going to fight for there rights.

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  12. I believe that the gulabi gang is doing the right thing because I believe that women should have equal rights. They are fighting against injustice and corruption in the government. They are protecting women from evil men that only marry for the love of money. They attack the corrupt politicians and strike fear into the hearts of the wicked. They are India's gang for justice. If anyone can change India it is there leader Sampat Devi. She will change India and give women the rights that the rest of the world gives women.

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  13. In my opinion, I think the women are doing the right thing. If there are several hundred vigilante women all in this together, it makes the group that much stronger. The more, the better. It may sound wrong in some concepts what they are doing but if you put yourself in their position, I find it much easier to relate and understand them.
    "To make matters worse, women bear the brunt of poverty and discrimination in Banda's highly caste-ridden, feudalistic and male dominated society. Dowry demands and domestic and sexual violence are common."
    They have a really hard life as it is and they shouldn't be put down for trying to change the hard and painful ways that they live. The women just want to be treated with more respect and by making a "gang" this shows others how much they want things to change.
    I hope the pink women succeed in this and more people become aware of the beatings in India.

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  14. I think thats dangerous because as we know in india women does not worst anything, in fact they just want to help people who really need it. They are helping alot because are protesting for many injustice that the police in india does. I think they are doing the right thing.

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  15. I think that what the Gulabi Gang is doing what is right. Men who use their wives to relieve themselves of stress is wrong. Sampat Pal Devi said "they are always looking for kickback when they offer to fund us." Because no one funds them, the Gulabi Gang takes it personal and takes care of their own business. For example, they stormed a police station and attacked a policeman after they took in an untouchable man and refused to register a case. What the "gang" is doing is great. In the words of Sampat Pal Devi, they "are a gang for justice." What the Gulabi Gang is doing could prompt the Indian government to make significant changes and give women more rights.

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  16. I believe the Gulabi Gang is doing the right thing. After years of being pushed aside, beaten, and witnessing many injustices to themselves and others the were pushed to stand up for themselves. I believe that many other women will be inspired and the "gang" will grow and continue to fight for those having their rights abused.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7068875.stm

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  17. I believe that Pink Saris ladies from India are doing what is best fro them. I belive if some other country is going through the same problem that this pink ladies are going through, I'm 100% sure that they will do the same thing. It is right for this ladies to fight for thier own freedom and let the police know that everything has to equal.

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  18. I believe that the Gulabi Gang is doing the right thing in fighting for what they believe is right. Sampat Pal Devi said "they are always looking for kickback when they offer to fund us." This shows that a lot of men do not respect what these women are trying to achieve which is equality for all. They are an inspiration for all women who are abused and would push them to stand up for themselves.

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  19. I totally agree with Ms. Cestone's statement how until you walk in someone else's shoes you don't know how easy or difficult it is surviving the choices they make. I know for a fact that despite what you might think, you have no idea how you might respond to a situation until it actually happens, no matter how many times you imagine it. I am not promoting violence. I believe that violence should always be a last resort. However, I do also praise these women for bringing justice, despite the fact that they're using violence. In India, I'm sure they don't have as many rights and it takes a lot more initiative to get work done. I personally find these women inspiring and I really don't think they would resort to violence unless they had to. They are making a difference in their lives and for women in their area and India, and that is what matters.

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  20. I believe the Gulabi Gang is doing the right thing. It seems that women in Banda are forced to act in ways such as the Gulabi Gang does because they do not get respect in any way. Sampat Devi is the leader of the pink gang and she believes in working for all people, for example, "I wanted to work for the people, not for myself alone," she said. The society in India is centered around men and their beliefs and actions. Women there do not get educated and they are used for money. Women hold a low value in India and the Gulabi Gang shows women how to become independent and sort it out themselves.

    The Gulabi Gang has claimed to done work in combating crime and corruption in their area. It is obviously an issue in Banda to the people there and in my opinion only good can come from the gang if they keep doing what they are doing.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7068875.stm

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  21. It is definitely apparent that these women had no other choice. They were pushed to this point and chose the best solution. Unlike the other gangs we hear about on the news, these women didn't start any big riots or fires or looting. They did not go around senselesly killing people, but they only went after the men who deserved it. I think it is sad that no one interveined sooner to better these womens situation. I feel that it is the UNs responsibility to watch out for things like this. When a goverment rules with injustice and without equallity, people suffer. Some one should have stepped up before the women had to, but it is great to see that people still have the power to join together and fight for their beliefs.

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  22. Power to the Gulabi Gang! These women stand against injustice such as "child marriages, dowry deaths, depleting water resources, farm subsidies" and corrupt public officials. Its remarkable to see these women stand up for what they believe in, and stand as a unified power. In a land, such as theres that they live in where corruption runs amuck i believe that anything is fair game (whether it is accepted or not), and these women are doing good things for the people they are representing. Of course I do not condone them of their tactics of using Indian sticks to enforce their opinion, but really far more horrible things have occured. Sadly, although they do have a good amount of people, they do not have enough to rise to upstanding political position that would further push their endgame. These women have an undeniable passion to speak out against political injustice. The good thing is these women are not feminists, they do speak out against unjust activities against women but they also stand for other problems effecting their city, and with these activites they have roused male supporters to stand beside them. They stand for justice within ther torn country speaking for those who can't.

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  23. I think the women of the Gulabi Gang are doing the correct thing. The poor need something to look forward to and these people have come along and gave them hope to live on. We need more of these types of people in this world today.

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  24. I think that the pink gang is doing the right thing because for the past two years they have been helping women who have been beaten by there husbands get back at them and the have helped distribute grain to the poor. I think that it is good that they are getting back at the men that beat their wives because they deserve it so they could see how much they hurt them. It’s like the saying "do to one like you would like done to you". I think it is also great that they are helping the poor because not many places do that and it’s hard for them to live and not starve to death in this bad economy right now.

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  25. These women are doing this for the good of there society. I think that that is good for them to sand up to all the bad people in there society. Since no one is helping the people that is good that the pink group is taking charge. The pink gang are helping all the poor people that need help they are making a difference in there lives. The poor people are probably thrilled that someone after all these years is finally helping them. They just need to keep up what they are doing. That will hopefully make a big change in India

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  26. I think the Gulabi Gang members are deep. They really do stand up for what they believe in. I also think that they are doing good for their people because they are standing up for their beliefs. They are also making differences in other peoples lives too. I also like the way that they said the term 'gang' doesn't always have to be a bad thing, it can also be a good thing. I believe that India's society would be worse without the Gulabi Gang.

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  27. i feel that the gulabi gang is doing the right thing in the wrong way. even in a violent society, you should lead how you want to be led. i understand the point that i dont know how everyday is for them, but still, violence isnt the answer. mohanda gandhi, a man from there very own country accomplished alot, through peaceful means.

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  28. To be perfectly honest, I think these women are doing the right thing for their community. They are pink vigilantes who are taking matters into their own hands by helping the poor citizens. I think it's swell that they are bringing justice to corrupt officers by rescuing innocent beings and taking them back to their homes. It just sickens me how the higher-ups (cops, politicians, etc.) are treating the lower class so poorly that they even arrest outcasts without any substantial evidence that they committed the crime. And aside from that, they are also doing their best to bring women's rights into India, and I think it's high time that the Indian government gives women the rights they deserve. I hope to see this group achieve what they want someday.

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  29. The Gulabi Gang is doing the right thing for themselves and the people of their surroundings. They believe in equal rights for everyone. It is understanding that many people do interpret the word "gang" in a bad way. These women are making a point, just because they call themselves a gang does not necessarily mean they are bad, in fact they are the exact opposite. These women are giving other people in India a chance to live in more equality and hopefully they will make a big change.

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  30. For the girls of India working so hard to get equality for all it's great, people of India do not have everything they might need. People always underestimate women and there power but we are actually very powerful. India needs some vital materials and it is good that there are people especially women trying to make a difference. When I heard this story it made me happy and proud of the 'Pink women'.

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  31. I believe that what they are doing is good. I think it is good because they are not doing it for the cause of bad. They just want to make justice because the police does not want to do their job, which is making justice. They are also making their society better because their won't be a lot of homeless women around. I think they should continue to do what they are doing and maybe people will use that as an example and stop doing those bad things. Hopefully, it will make their society and India a better place

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  32. I believe that wat the women are doing both the right and the wrong thing. They should stand up for their rights but then again they are not the law. Their community obviously has a lot of issues that need to be settled. Now I believe in eqaulity but I do not support vigilante justice. There has to control and order. Well I hope they come up with a soulution because the police could arrest them and then all that fighting would be for nothing.

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  33. I think that what they are doing is a right thing because they're standing up for their justice and doing it for other peoples justice to.If i were them i would do the same thing that their doing also.I wouldnt call it a gang either,i mean their not starting any drama or problems for anyone so I think its ok.

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  34. I think that what they are doing is right. I think that this is right because they are standing up for their justice. And i also think that they have a right to do what ever they want. It is also their own opinion.

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  35. I think these ladies are doing the right thing standing up for themselves. It's a way to change people's way of seeing the average woman being a stay at home mom. Not having a job to help support their family. Things are changing all over the world. Which is not always necessarily a bad thing. They feel like everyone are equal to each other. It may be difficult for them, i think, because a lot of men don't see a woman equal to them.

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  36. I think what these women are doing is really awesome. Hundreds of women are fighting against what they know is wrong. When people don't like what is happening in the world a lot of the time they just sit on their butts and complain about it, these women are actually getting up and doing something to stop what they think is wrong. I really admire these women's strength, and how they are standing up for those who won't stand up for themselves.

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  37. I think what they are doing is right because they are standing up for themselves and others. Although, what they are doing may be right, they don't have the authority to do whatever they feel like doing. Other people may think differently and disagree, which could lead to further problems.

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  38. I think what they are doing is great. There standing up for women who have been miss used. I think what there doing should be approved of, it shows they are not selfish, they like sticking up for other people. If I was in India I would probably want to join there group, sticking up for other people sounds like God wants us to make the world a better place. Not just for women but for everyone. No women should be left or beaten by their men or husband. They should keep up the good work, as would I if I were them.

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  39. I think that these women are doing somthing good for their country. they are trying to take control of the country by protecting womens rights. when women are treated unequaly, they come and take over and stand up for their rights.

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  40. I think thoes women in Northern India are doing great job. One of the reason that I think is because they need the justice and they deserves the justice that no matter what it would it takes. It is really diffrent because they get justice by their selves. If police want help them out than what is the point of keep police officer. I think that is great idea and they should follow that thought in every single country which are correpted.

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