Pink Sari Revolution

Pink Sari Revolution

A Tale of Women and Power in India

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In Uttar Pradesh—known as the "badlands" of India—a woman’s life is not entirely her own. This is one explanation for how Sheelu, a seventeen-year-old girl, ended up in jail after fleeing her service in the home of a powerful local legislator. In a region plagued by corruption, an incident like this might have gone unnoticed—except that it captured the attention of Sampat Pal, leader of India’s infamous Gulabi (Pink) Gang.Poor and illiterate, married off around the age of twelve, pregnant with her first child at fifteen, and prohibited from attending school, Sampat Pal has risen to become the courageous commander and chief of a women’s brigade numbering in the tens of thousands. Uniformed in pink saris and carrying pink batons, they aim to intervene wherever other women are victims of abuse or injustice. Joined in her struggle by Babuji, a sensitive man whose intellectualism complements her innate sense of justice, and by a host of passionate field commanders, Sampat Pal has confronted policemen and gangsters, officiated love marriages, and empowered women to become financially independent.In a country where women’s rights struggle to keep up with rapid modernization, the story of Sampat Pal and her Pink Gang illuminates the thrilling possibilities of female grassroots activism.
A triumphant portrait of a fiery sisterhood changing the lives of India's women.

Baker & Taylor
Describes the Pink Gang, an Indian women's grassroots vigilante group, 20,000-members strong, who fight for women's rights throughout the country and highlights the stories of the women they have helped and the tactics they used. 10,000 first printing.

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Women's rights in India have recently drawn international media attention. Journalist Fontanella-Khan here tells the story of activist and women's social organizer Sampat Pal and her organization known as the Pink Gang, a brigade of women who wear distinctive pink saris and advocate for women suffering abuse and injustice. Pal's story in this book is intertwined with the case of Sheelu Nishad, a seventeen-year-old girl who fled her position as maid with a local legislator, was jailed on charges of theft, and ultimately fought a legal battle over a rape claim against said legislator with the help of Pal's Pink Gang. In this way the background and the current activity of the Ping Gang are elucidated. There is no subject index. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Describes the Pink Gang, an Indian women's grassroots vigilante group, thousands of members strong, who fight for women's rights throughout the country and highlights the stories of the women they have helped and the tactics they have used.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780393062977
039306297X
Branch Call Number: 305.42 F735p
Characteristics: xviii, 284 pages : map ; 22 cm

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tassat Nov 04, 2013

This book was worth reading even just purely because of the subject matter. Sampat Pal, a woman who grows into her social consciousness and empowers a group of disadvantaged, mainly women, to band up against injustice and make change. Struck by the fact that this pink sari gang has more members than al-Qaeda, I continued to read even when I would have left the book for something else. Glad I did! The writing itself is nothing phenomenal, but still worth picking up the book.

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