Women form gang, roam village and punishing men for bad behaviour
New Delhi: The women from a small village near the holy city of Varanasi in northern India are known in these parts as the “Green Gang”.
They’ve made it their collective mission to stamp out domestic violence, alcoholism and gambling, problems they say were endangering their lives.
Gambling is illegal in India but very popular, and Khushiyari village in Uttar Pradesh was a known hotspot for the pastime. “My husband and son were deeply into gambling, and sometimes they gambled together,” says Sheela Devi, another member of the Green Gang.
The Green Gang’s approach is unorthodox. Together they march through the village confronting men who are troubling their wives or gambling and drinking away their income.
Sheela Devi says her husband used to beat her in front of her kids.