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Sampat Pal Devi is a social activist. She is from the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. She is the founder of the Gulabi Gang which is a social organization that works for women welfare and empowerment. The Gulabi gang was founded in 2006.

Sampat Pal Devi’s Gulabi Gang is a gang of women who work for the women rights and fight against issues like domestic violence, women inequality, dowry system and all those things that are discriminating women. Sampat Pal Devi who started this movement has been widely known for her strength and determination for the well being of women. In the Banda district where she stays, the issues such as domestic violence, dowry in marriages, caste-ridden societies and highly male-dominated area which was rampant, in such a place it was about time when someone would take the ownership and start a movement to help the women not only of Uttar Pradesh but also across the country. People were not very surprised to see Sampat Pal Devi start the Gulabi gang. Sampat Pal Devi has been lauded for her Gulabi gang movement where women wore pink saris and keep bamboo sticks in their hands in order to protect themselves and use it against any violent resistance. There are more than 2 lakh 70 thousand members of the Gulabi gang that is spread across several districts of Uttar Pradesh. Men in Uttar Pradesh started fearing this gang and avoided doing any wrongdoings against women in order to be saved from the wrath of Sampat Pal Devi.

One of the most popular women activists

Sampat Pal Devi’s popularity rose when she took part in the popular TV show Bigg Boss. She was part of the Bigg Boss season 6. In the show also she has openly spoken of her views and her actions to improve the well-being of women. Her popularity which was already huge rose further where people from all around India and overseas started supporting her and praised her for her stance on women rights. Her popularity took her very far in the show and she was even considered as one of the contenders to win the reality show. Sampat Pal Devi has given several interviews and has even garnered attention from foreign countries for her women movement. There has also been an autobiography written on her life by French journalist Anne Berthod. There has also been a Bollywood movie based on the life of Sampat Pal Devi. The movie titled Gulabi Gang has Madhuri Dixit in the lead role. She was later removed from the role of being the head of the Gulabi gang amid allegations of financial impropriety. She was accused of putting her personal interest before those of the group. However, Sampat Pal Devi continues to be an active figure in the world of politics after becoming a Congress candidate. She will remain as one of the most important figures for women across the country for her fight of women equality.

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