The Gulabi Gang, over 20,000 women, dress in pink saris and carry the traditional Indian bamboo' stick, the lathi, also painted pink. While the group uses reason and dialogue to act as mediator in domestic disagreements, in some cases however, the women have resorted to use of the lathis when the offenders refuse to listen to reason and continue their abuses.
As a farmer's daughter, Sampat laboured in the fields as a child. She was only eight years old when she organized her first, unconventional, protest. One of the children working in the fields with her was savagely beaten by the landowner's daughter, also a child. His fault? Having used the fields as his toilet. The adults were unable to solve the dispute. At that point Sampat organized an unusual sit-in: she rallied all the children in the fields and they transformed the field into an open air toilet. The landowner's daughter was taught a 'dirty' lesson.
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