Real Life Superheroes
From our title, you may think of Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman if you are female. Whichever superhero you were thinking, they all share a commonality – usually underdogs who fighting for the betterment of the world. Trying to remove the evil from all the good. When those types of individuals really exist – it’s astounding. And they really do as described in the following.
Indian women in rural India are donning pink saris, grabbing sticks, and cracking heads for human rights. A group known as the Gulabi Gang (for those who don’t know gulabi means pink) has decided to fight for human rights – literally. The all-female, pink-clad vigilante force is exposing corruption in Uttar Pradesh, one of India’s poorest regions.
Sampat Pal Devi, the outspoken leader has noted that “If girls spoke up, the world would change.” The Gulabi Gang represents a “messiah for women”, who all of them come from the lowest caste in Indian society, also known as the “untouchables.” Their problems range from domestic violence, sexual abuse, child marriages, female infanticide, unwed pregnancy, inter-caste marriages and primarily a lack of education.
The Gulabi Gang were the subject of the movie, “Pink Saris”, which was shown at TIFF 2010. Here’s a trailer of the movie Pink Saris Trailer