Support Women in India Fighting Against Domestic Violence

Target: Sampat Pal Devi, Founder of the Gulabi Gang

Goal: Commend the Gulabi Gang for creating a group focused on women’s empowerment and protecting women from domestic violence.

Unlike women in the United States, women in many third world countries women do not have the right to speak their mind and protect their bodies. The Gulabi Gang, a group of women located in northern India who were angered by abusive men, set out to “punish oppressive husbands, fathers and brothers, and combat domestic violence and desertion.”

The Gulabi Gang was founded in 2006 after Sampat Pal Devi tried to help a woman who was being beaten by her husband. After unsuccessfully pleading with the man to stop, she came back the next day with five other women, bamboo sticks in hand, and gave the man a “sound thrashing.” Soon after, women begged Sampat Pal Devi to help them tame their wild husbands and the Gulabi Gang was established.

In Uttar Pradesh, where the Gulabi Gang was established, according to UNICEF’s editorial “Domestic Violence against Women and Children,” 45% of married men “acknowledged physically abusing their wives, according to a 1996 survey of 6,902 men in the state of Uttar Pradesh.” This abuse harms women both emotionally and physically. An additional study quoted in the editorial states that “women who had been beaten [in Uttar Pradesh] were significantly more likely than non-abused women to have had a pregnancy loss from abortion, miscarriage, or stillbirth, or to have lost an infant.”

The Gulabi Gang is a group of women dressed in pink saris who “protect the powerless from abuse, fight corruption to ensure basic rights of the poor in rural areas and discourage traditions like child-marriages.” By training women in defensive skills with the aid of a dried bamboo stick, the Gulabi Gang seeks to “support and train women to enhance their basic skills to become economically secure and develop confidence to protect themselves from abuse through sustainable livelihood options.” Today the women have extended their aid to people below the poverty line, the elderly, and even men.

Sign below to congratulate the Gulabi Gang for becoming a powerful women’s group within an urban patriarchal society.


Dear Sampat Pal Devi,

In a country were women have limited rights and are subjected to abuse by men, I applaud you and the Gulabi Gang for creating a group to protect the women of Uttar Pradesh from domestic violence. Women around the world experience domestic violence every day. By creating a group such as the Gulabi Gang, you have inspired women to force change within their communities.

I hope that other women throughout the world find your group inspirational and strive to create their own women’s empowerment groups. I look forward to seeing the Gulabi Gang develop in the future.


[Your Name Here]

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  2. Suman Thakur says:

    Hi Mam,

    I am regularly torched by my husband and his parents. I am living in ETAH U.P. No one is there who can help me out. Please help me as soon as possible.


    Suman Thakur

  3. Respected Madam,

    I am hereby writing a request and also sharing my problem that is being faced as a women who is suffering domestic violence and living with mental pressure even after filing domestic violence, dowry and mental harassment case and the rules and act is not effective and ruins the women if we depend on court fighting legally which will not even full fill basic requirement with minimal time months .I am fighting from more than one and half year for my life.

    I know being normal women reaching you itself or writing any request to be thinked. But I have seen the statement given in Hindu on women empowerment saying the rules passed are effective but not effective to women sharing my views.

    Start from my marriage life I have struggled very badly with my husband and his family for which I have attached the short review of my life with this letter.
    Today I am fighting in the police station by filing additional charge sheets for filing all the documents . Still it is under progress from one and a half year and facing assault by husband , husband putting force in all the ways using all local persons and forcing me to sign the divorce so that he can be happy with his illegal relation.Intimating the police also no use . The lawyer of husband will come and reverse the situation even when I show all the proofs also.
    I have filed as already told domestic violence, dowry , mental harrasememnt case which is running at court as of now . Husband is not supporting in paying the housing loan also and now I will not have the house also to stay even after filing a case at DRT. Bank is also not suppoting me even after several requests.
    Legally fighting I am learning a lesson no changes will be there to my life and no secureness will be there to live with a daughter of 2 years. I have being completely ruined.
    A humble request and begging for my life with the government only to help me in any way so that I will have the house that I am staying and also secure my daughter future .Please tell me what is the mistake that I am doing fighting legally waiting for good fruits .
    A normal man to run the case in the court is also not easy as shown in advertisements provoking a women to put the case and have secureness.
    I have studied B.Com and Corporate Accounting diploma having experience of 8 years. Please some hoe get me a loan waiver which is at United Bank of India and secure the house that I am staying.
    I have already met Vanitha Sahayavani , Womens Commissions , NGO , but everybody are telling is the case is running at court they cannot involve and returned back without any help.

    The case no of domestic violence is 8/14 and dowry harassement case no is 32/13 at Bangalore .
    Hoping atleast you can give me protection requesting as below:-

    1. Loan waiver at bank or loan by government to me for securing the house at no interest and repayment in easy way as I have already struggled very badly and struggling for life even now with a child of 2 years.
    2. A job in the government sector to have secured life to give good future to my daughter of 2 years
    3. To fight the case without any corruption a support
    Waiting for the positive reply with all hopes which is my life and death question and begging a gift from the government to women who is ruined fighting the life.
    If possible please support me in securing the house to stay peacefully with my 2 years child and beg for my life with you.

    Small review of my life
    United bank of India sale notice
    Income and expenses met by me to family but family thrown me out for illegagal relationship of husband
    Complaints filed in various departments

    Lakshmi MC
    No 32/1 Kabir Mutt Road, Sunkennahalli
    Basavangudi Bangalore-560016

  4. Maa’m I am very happy that you are such a n iron lady who has been fighing for woman empowerment and against domestic violence. I want to join your group. Thanks

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