With hundreds of millions of women assaulted each year by their husbands, ex-husbands, or male lovers, and with figures from the United Nations indicating that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, India, where millions of women will be beaten or raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives, has a rather unusual solution for this plague in the form of the Gulabi Gang.
Also known as the ‘Pink’ Gang because of the bright pink saris its bamboo-wielding members wear, the Gulabi Gang was formed in 2006 to punish oppressive husbands, fathers and brothers, and combat domestic violence. How? Its members would accost male offenders and prevail upon them to see reason which, if they don’t, could result in a public shaming, sometimes with the use of their handy lathi.
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Source ; Guardian