India’s Pink Gang, the largest women’s vigilante group in the world, shames abusive husbands and corrupt politicians by going door-to-door clad in electric pink saris and wielding sticks called laathis—the same wielded by local cops when patrolling their beat. Recently, they’ve gained political clout by winning seats in the panchayat elections—the equivalent of American municipality elections.
"The gulabis (translation: pink gang), whose members say they are a “gang for justice,” started in 2006 as a sisterhood that looked out for victims of domestic abuse. Named after their hot-pink sari uniforms, the gang paid visits to abusive husbands and demanded they stop the beatings. When obstinate men refused to listen, the gulabis would return with large bamboo sticks called laathis and “persuade” them to change their ways."
Sold into sex slavery herself as a child, Somaly Mam eventually escaped her captors and has since dedicated her life to rescuing girls from a similar fate—sometimes at great personal risk to herself. She has won the World’s Children’s Prize, the U.S. State Department Heroes of Anti-Trafficking Award, the Prince of Asturias Award for international cooperation, and been named one of The Guardian’s Top 100 Women activists and campaigners.