“Nobody comes to our help in these parts. The officials and the police are corrupt and anti-poor. So sometimes we have to take the law in our hands.” Sampat Pal Devi, Gulabi Gang member
This is a fascinating short documentary of a growing “gang” of Indian women “vigilantes,” the Gulabi Gang, who, having suffered domestic violence themselves, organized to protect other women from patriarchal abuse. They wear pink robes, walk softly, and carry big sticks — which they will use if necessary in order to protect women from male violence, or if violent men do not cooperate and allow women to leave their home voluntarily and join the Gang.
The film raises all kinds of interesting questions, such as: Would extreme pacifists denounce the Gulabi Gang as “violent” in contrast to the teachings of Gandhi (which they respect, but feel are outmoded and inadequate to protect women from violent attacks in their homes)? Could their tactics legitimately be viewed as “violent”? If so, would they be “wrong”? Or, would their approach be more accurately framed as protecting others and thus a kind of self-defense? Are their tactics necessary and sound, or should they work through the legal system? Are there parallels here with the ALF and other groups who take “radical” measures to defend innocent animals from violent attack?