The Magnificent Seven - This time 100s of women

Nicholas D. Kristof  from New York Times regarding a story of an Indian woman and her fellow sisters who stood for the honor of her people:

 I don't want to condone a lynching. But in a land where police are utterly corrupt, and where so much misery arises from people passively accepting their lot, I'm proud to know Usha Narayane. She is a reminder of the difference that education makes, and I hope that she is a vision of the new Indian woman. [Link]

I agree 100%. Please read the story about a woman named Usha saying "enough" to mob in the slums. Some excerpts for those who do not have New York Times Select subscription (Please be aware that text in italics is from Kristof's article and I am only presenting a preview to his story).

The Beginning
For more than 15 years, the mud alleys of the slum were ruled by a local thug named Akku Yadav. A higher-caste man, he killed, raped and robbed in this community of Dalits - those at the bottom of the caste ladder - and the police paid no attention. One woman, according to people here, went to the police station to report that she had been gang-raped by Akku Yadav and his goons, and the police raped her.

The Confrontation
A daughter, Usha Narayane, now 27, studied hotel management and seemed destined to become a hotel manager. But one day in 2004 while she was on vacation back in the slum, Akku Yadav attacked the next-door neighbors. The gang warned Usha not to go to the police - and that's when she went to the police.

The End-A New Beginning
Other women pulled out chili powder from their clothes and threw it in the faces of Akku Yadav and the police. As the police fled, scores of women pulled out knives and apparently took turns stabbing Akku Yadav and cutting off his penis. He ended up as mincemeat, and the courtroom walls are still spattered with blood.

The police arrested a handful of women, including Usha, for the murder, but she conveniently could prove that she was not at the courtroom that day. And then the hundreds of women in the slum jointly declared that they had all joined in the killing, on the theory that if they all claimed responsibility, no single person could be punished.

It may tell you about the state of change India is in today - people finding their voice which they may have not in past. Sometimes, in such times, seven samurai, the magnificent seven, 100s of women stand up for their rights.