The Gulabi gang (from Hindi गुलाबी gulabī, "pink") is a group of Indian women vigilantes and activists originally from Bundelkhand,Uttar Pradesh, but reported to be active across North India as of 2010.
The Gulabi gang was founded in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi, a mother of five and former govt health worker (as well as a former child bride), as a response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against women. Gulabis visit abusive husbands and beat them up with laathis (bamboo sticks) unless they stop abusing their wives. In 2008, they stormed an electricity office in Banda district and forced officials to turn back the power they had cut in order to extract bribes. They have also stopped child marriagesand protested dowry and female illiteracy.