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Sampat Pal: Warrior in a Pink Sari

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Sampat Pal: Warrior in a Pink Sari — The Inside Story of the Gulabi Gang as told to Anne Berthod: Zubaan, 128B, Shapur Jat, First Floor, New Delhi-110049.

Rs. 325.

Donning pink saris and holding sticks in their hands, the Gulabi Gang is a threat to every policeman who refuses to file a report on violence against a Dalit, every husband who beats up his wife, and every goon who grabs land that does not belong to him.

In this autobiographical account, Sampat Pal, the founder and leader of the Gulabi Gang, looks back and traces her journey as a young girl of 12, forced into child marriage, who later goes on to become the leader of the most feared group of women vigilantes in the country.

Her rebellious instinct, fervour for justice and her desire to free women from their everyday oppression led her to organise the women in an around her village in Uttar Pradesh into a gang.

The Gulabi Gang rose to fame between the years 2006 and 2007, very soon after it was formed. The group took upon itself the formidable task of battling the three pillars of Indian society — patriarchy, caste and corruption — in the Banda district of Uttar Pradesh. In 2008, Oh! Editions published her autobiography, Moi Sampat Pal: Chef De Gang En Sari Rose, as told to Anne Berthod, a French journalist. Warrior in a Pink Sari is its updated English translation.

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