Sampat Pal Devi, the founder of Gulabi gang, is a woman with strong determination and will power, who proves that if it comes to inner strength, then men can never beat women. She is a strong woman, who runs organisation for women welfare and empowerment.
Sampat Devi was born and brought up in Uttar Pradesh. At the age of 12 years, she got married to a man from Banda UP. She stood up against domestic violence at the age of 16, a woman in her neighbourhood was abused by her husband regular. So, Sampat encouraged all women neighbours to humiliate man, until he makes a public apology.
Sampat starts a Gulabi gang, to support women’s right. Gulabi means pink, and it is the favourite colour of most women, so she named her gang her Gulabi gang. The women wear Gulabi saree and armed themselves with bamboo sticks, which they use against violence resistance.
Currently, Sampat has an approximately 27,000 members in her gang for women’s cause. In an interview, she informed that everyday, around half dozens desperate women come to my house, many of them have seen the Gulabi gang on TV or heard from any friend. Everyone knows my house, because it is painted pink and the door is always open.
On 2nd March 2014, Sampat was relieved of her role as the head of Gulabi gang amidst allegations of financial impropriety and putting her personal interests ahead of those of the gangs. But she denied the charges and said she will overcome the conspiracy against her.
Whatever be the charges against her, one thing is sure that she is strongest woman of modern India. She has changed lives of many rural women. Hats-off to the guts and determination of wonderful woman SAMPAT PAL DEVI.