Jamileh Kharrazi

Who Was Phoolan? New Film Documents the Life of One of India’s Most Important Leaders

It’s said that well behaved women rarely make history. When it comes to Poohlan Devi, this anecdote holds true.

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Phoolan was born into poverty in rural India in 1963. Her parents arranged her to be married to a much older man when she was just 11 years old. At only 12, she left her marriage after a year of violent assaults by her husband.  Her parents considered this to be a disgrace, and Phoolan was ostracized by her family and her community.

Only a few years after surviving domestic violence as a child bride, Phoolan became entangled in local crime. Like many women in these unfortunate situations, Phoolan was constantly exposed to violence.

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