Documentary “Gulabi Gang” to be screened at the 14th New York Indian Film Festival that will run from May 5 to 10, 2014. Directed by Nishtha Jain, it is based on the life of Sampat Pal Devi, a child bride and former government health worker. In 2006, Sampat Pal Devi formed the Gulabi Gang of pink sari-clad women and it works for rights of women in destitute Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
[icon name=”icon-info-sign”]Gulabi Gang Movement
An extraordinary women’s movement formed in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. It comprises of thousands of Indian women activists reported to be active across North India. The women’s group is famous as Gulabi or ‘Pink’ Gang since the members wear bright pink saris and carry bamboo sticks. These women threaten abusive husbands and beat them with bamboo sticks unless these husbands quit abusing their wives.
This region of Uttar Pradesh is one of the poorest in India and is stigmatized by social problems viz. a profound patriarchal culture, unbending caste divisions, female illiteracy, domestic violence, child labour, child marriages, dowry, etc.
Movies based on the Gulabi Gang
- “Pink Saris” movie by Kim Longinotto (2010)
- “Gulabi Gang” Documentary by Nishtha Jain (2012)
- “Gulaab Gang” Bollywood film starring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla (2014)