Women form gang, roam vil­lage and pun­ish­ing men for bad be­hav­iour

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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.

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