Beware, love birds! A pink saree-clad all-women gang is on the prowl with batons, lathis and a fiery sermon on the tip of its tongue.
Unlike its Uttar Pradesh counterparts who rescue housewives in distress at home, this Gulabi gang checks obscenity in parks, public and secluded picnic spots. The group claims its actions would help bring down cases of rape.
What does the gang do? It spots young couples, makes them do situps, admonish them not to visit the place without informing their parents or even use sticks to deter 'errant couples' from their 'anti-culture' adventure.
No wonder this gang of around 100 middle-aged women, led by one Rani Kumari, 40, has become a terror for love birds within a short span of time.
Many people want police to intervene and save them from the 'explosive pink.'
"They are nobody to interfere in one's private life," says a victim. But, why don't police intervene? Deputy police superintendent P N Singh says, "We have learnt about this group but we haven't received any specific complaints against its high-handedness." Singh assures action would be taken against these women, if the police receive complaints.
Gang leader Kumari, chasing love birds at Ranchi's popular Sidho Kanhu Park with 10 Gulabi members, says, "Our aim is to make parents aware about their children's activities outside their homes."
"If parents keep a tab on their children, rapes would come down," says Seema Devi, another member of the group, adding, the gang rape of a Class 10 student on the city's outskirts last week could have been avoided had she not been moving with her boyfriend in the secluded place. "
Since creation of the state in 2000, more than 9532 rape cases have been registered with the police in Jharkhand. Majority of victims have been minors, the Gulabi gang says without blaming the police for inaction.
"We will continue to keep a check on the road Romeos harassing school and college girls and working women," says another member. "We will also write to park management not to allow couples exhibiting objectionable intimacy," she adds.