Sampat Pal Devi

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Sampat Pal Devi is an Indian social activist from Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh, North India.[1] She is founder of the Gulabi Gang, an Uttar Pradesh-based social organisation, works for women welfare and empowerment.[2][3] She was participant of Colors TV's reality show Bigg Boss 6.[citation needed]


Sampat Pal started the Gulabi Gang with a group of women from her village to fight various forms of social injustice. This developed into an organized women’s movement with tens of thousands of members spread over several districts in Uttar Pradesh.[4] The women members wear Gulabi (pink) saris and arm themselves with bamboo sticks, which they use whenever they come up against violent resistance.

On 2 March 2014, Sampat Pal Devi was relieved of her role at the head of the Gulabi Gang amidst allegations of financial impropriety and putting her personal interests ahead of those of the group.[5]



  1. ^ Krishna, Geetanjali (5 June 2010). "The power of pink". Business Standard. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sampat Pal: All you need to know about the Gulabi Gang leader". Hindustan Times. 
  3. ^ Fontanella-Khan, Amana (July 19, 2010). "Wear a Pink Sari and Carry a Big Stick: The women's gangs of India". Slate magazine. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Prasad, Raekha (15 February 2008). "Banda sisters". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sampat Pal ousted from Gulabi Gang". The Times of India. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-01.