Between Eat, Pray, & Love with Julia Roberts or Deepak Chopra being interviewed by Oprah. India looks like a beautiful place that I wish to visit one day.
Recently I was discussing with some friends from India the misogyny that dooms over the country and I always found myself saying “Well doesn’t it doom the world in it’s entirety? ” I’m not one for stereotyping a country for a worldwide crime. Of course though I tend to remain neutral so I can always learn more.
I’ve had many phases and being obsessed with Bollywood was one for sure. Once my close friend showed me ‘Ishq Kamina’. I couldn’t see pass the exciting imagery. The colourful & pretty side was embedded in my mind. Then after some deep research you could say it left a bad taste in my mouth; it was almost like finding out the ingredients to your favourite candy could kill you. I still love the culture but the magical bliss was gone.
Watching an episode of Vice added a new perception. They talked about the Gulabi Gang.
These women mean business. I’ve heard of them before but personally thought it had to be a joke. Who would risk their lives for justice, anyway? Besides when I heard of them I heard they only go after abusive husbands.
In depth they go after the men that rape children & women. Along with more heinous crimes. What makes it sad is the need for them. Rapists in the villages they go to are not strangers to their victims; they are local men. The law enforcement does little to nothing leaving these people to their own resources.
You could say my faith in humanity was restored for a brief moment until I realized how horrible must the law enforcement be that women have to band together to protect each-other from men.
Many debate whether these women are really necessary.
Take a look at this video if you don’t see the need for these ladies!
What do you think about these women?
If you want to support their cause check out http://www.gulabigang.in. Do we need them elsewhere?