A unique and courageous woman “Phoolan Devi,” who received constant support from the Chambal region, whose story enlivened Indian history with a new facet. In this article, we will see how Phoolan Devi overcame many twists and turns in the difficult journey of her life and how events in the rugged terrain of the Chambal region catapulted her to the heights of a leader.
Introduction to the Chambal region:
The Chambal region is spread over some districts of UP, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and the land here is rugged which cannot be cultivated. Phoolan Devi fought for her life in this area and the story behind her becoming a bandit surprises everyone.
Early life of Phoolan Devi:
Phoolan Devi was born on 10 August 1963 in Gorha Ka Purwa village of Jalaun district. He belonged to a Dalit family. His father’s name was Devidin and the struggling story of his family showed the courage to take him in a new direction.
People came to know about Phoolan Devi in the 80s when she shot 21 Thakurs standing in a line and when she was asked about it, she said that these same Thakurs had physically abused her for three consecutive weeks.
After the death of Phoolan Devi’s grandfather, her step-uncle grabbed all her land. When Phoolan Devi came to know about this, she started a dharna there and started assaulting her uncle. According to media reports, the land for which Phoolan Devi became a dacoit could not be hers even after her death.
First marriage at the age of 11
Phoolan Devi became a victim of society’s sins in childhood, the first time happened to her when she was forced to marry at the age of 11. Phoolan Devi was married to a man three times her age by her father. It did not stop there, after this, when she went to her in-laws’ marriage, a lot of wrong happened to her there as well.Her mother-in-law and father-in-law used to beat her every day and her husband also used to force himself on her in an inebriated state.
He returned home after the assault.
Due to the abuse in the in-laws, she (Phoolan Devi) ran away from there and came to her home but even here she did not get relief His cousin falsely accused him of theft and sent him to jail. During this time, she met rebels in jail and it is said that she left her in-laws’ house due to harassment in her in-laws’ house and went to meet others.
He formed his own gang
Even after leaving her in-laws’ house, her suffering did not end, she joined the gang of dacoits, her chieftain also tried to do wrong to her, since then the people of the gang started loving her more and after that one of the members of the gang, Vikram Mallah, took her place by killing the leader of the gang and became the chieftain of the gang.
Vikram Mallah’s gang also included two of his brothers who killed Vikram Mallah and later picked up Phoolan Devi and took her to their village. In the same village, both of them had raped Phoolan Devi one by one, but after that Phoolan Devi, taking help from some people of the gang, quietly came out of the village and went to another place and formed her own gang. This was the same village in which Phoolan Devi had shot 21 Thakurs.
After the murder of these Thakurs, the entire police of the area had gone after Phoolan Devi and her gang. In all the three states of Madhya Pradesh (MP), UP and Rajasthan, the police had put their men behind the others in such a way that they had made it difficult for them to live and eat. There were only two options for them, either the police killed them in an encounter or they had to surrender. In the meantime, the government of Indira Gandhi was also helping the police so that it could eliminate these bandits.
Many people of Phoolan Devi’s gang had surrendered before the police and the police now also wanted Phoolan Devi to surrender on her knees to the police along with the rest of the companions, but Phoolan Devi was not doing this.
For which the government appointed encounter specialist SP Rajendra Chaturvedi so that he could encounter Phoolan Devi and her gang. Rajendra Chaturvedi succeeded in his work and he accepted many conditions of Phoolan Devi and after this Phoolan Devi surrendered before the CM without giving him time.
Parliament established in 1996
After being jailed in 1993, Phoolan Devi came in contact with the then CM of UP, Mulayam Singh. Mulayam Singh got all the cases against Phoolan Devi quashed in 1994 and also gave her the ticket of his party.Then in 1996, Phoolan Devi stood for the Mirzapur Parliament and won from there.
Died July 25, 2001
On July 25, 2001, Sher Singh Rana shot dead Phoolan Devi on Delhi’s Ashoka Road. Dasyu Sundari, who did good work for the backward class people and Dalits by becoming an MP, became dear to God forever in 2001.