Below poverty line scheme in India (How the Gulabi gang claimed the policy was a scam)

The Gulabi Gang or could be referred to as ‘Pink Gang’ in India, established in 2006 when Sampat Pal Devi witnessed a man beating his wife. It’s the first group that works collectively, intending to end the widespread of domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women. Moreover, the Gulabi Gang was founded by; Sampat Pal Devi, Data Satbodh Sain, Jaiprakash Shivhare, Hemlata Patel, and Mitthu Devi. It comprises women who range between the ages of 18 to 60 years old. Primarily, Gulaab Gang, a Bollywood film star Madhuri Dixit, and Juhi Chawla as dominant characters, was based on Sampat Pal’s life. 

Potentially, the Gulabi Gang seek to protect the powerless women from abuse and combat corruption to establish the basic rights of unfortunate people in rural areas and discourage traditions including child-marriages. They also enhance personal skills in order to become economically stable whilst developing protection to themselves because of abuse through sustainable decisions. The Gulabi Gang Had succeeded and entered recognition of the state authorities. “The Gulabi Gang has created such a force of women’s rights and awakening that it has brought a new desire to fight against women’s exploitation,” (Desai, 2014). 

Furthermore, during that period of time people lived in ‘abject poverty,’ thus because they support the rights of elderly widows, in which poverty and descent had been traveling through the female line. The Gulabi Gang had depicted women reaching their limit with harsh, unfair, and unacceptable treatment, whilst limiting their rights and restricting women’s movements. Women were so determined to embrace a positive difference for those suffering. These women were extremely welcoming to those new members, by providing each new member of the Gulabi Gang with pink sarees and all wielding a stick, to represent them as a member of what they also called the “Pink Gang,” that was evident and easily distinguished through what people had known as uniforms. 

The Gulabi Gang movement falls under multiple SDG’s including; gender equality (5) as well as Peace justice and strong institutions (16). Gender equality and women empowerment is a vital issue the UN intends to suspend forever, due to “Women suffer from lack of access to decent work and face occupational segregation” (UN, Gender equality and women empowerment). This goal elaborates more on numerous situations around the world where women had been treated in an unpleasant way such as; those women who fought for their rights, the Gulabi Gang.

To conclude, women in India, in specific those who were members of the Gulabi Gang had not only witnessed, but gone through inadmissible, and unequal treatment, thus, made them speak up to what’s right, what’s fair, and what’s a portion of women’s rights. 


Alyaa Al Asmakh 

Qatar Academy Doha 

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