The Pink Sari Gang
Today on "Morning Edtion" I heard the story of these pissed off women of India who have formed a gang to fight for their rights. They are the Gulabi Gang.
A little searching finds earlier stories and of course one from the BBC.
So these women who live in homes without electricity, in a patriarchal society and are treated as property. These women go around with sticks and pink finger nails and totally intimidate officials into listenning to their problems.
They wear pink saris and go after corrupt officials and boorish men with sticks and axes.
The several hundred vigilante women of India's northern Uttar Pradesh state's Banda area proudly call themselves the "gulabi gang" (pink gang), striking fear in the hearts of wrongdoers and earning the grudging respect of officials.
The pink women of Banda shun political parties and NGOs because, in the words of their feisty leader, Sampat Pal Devi, "they are always looking for kickbacks when they offer to fund us".
Two years after they gave themselves a name and an attire, the women in pink have thrashed men who have abandoned or beaten their wives and unearthed corruption in the distribution of grain to the poor.
A Google Search finds much more but of course there is zip from our local MSM. On a third read of the BBC story it jumped out at me that Sampat Pal Devi is feisty. She's not brilliant, strong, revolutionary. She's feisty.
She's also a woman who was married off at the age of 12, has little education, lives without electricity and a few years ago she decided to start fighting for her rights and the rights of others.
This should be a CNN Hero.