Purushottam Dwivedi’s alleged strong-arm tactics stalled his arrest for a while, but he had not factored in the might of a group known as the Gulabi Gang, which took up the cause of his victim.
Wearing pink sarees and wielding sticks, the group — mostly poor and illiterate women — was formed in 2006 to fight for the rights of women. Sampat Pal, 48, leader of the group said,
“I thought the theft charge against the girl was dubious. The MLA’s house is like a fort and a poor girl can hardly dare to enter it to commit theft.” Pal then launched a campaign against the MLA.