Devi, Poolan

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Devi, Poolan Gender: F
born on 10 August 1963
Place Gorakhpur, India, 26n45, 83e22
Timezone IST h5e30 (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 16°55' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif


Indian "Bandit Queen," a local Robin Hood who encouraged low caste Indians, especially women, to demand equality by law. In 1994 her life story was the subject of a controversial film, "The Bandit Queen."

Born to a low-caste family, Devi was married at 11 to a man 20 years older (for a bicycle and a cow). When she ran away from his brutal treatment, she was disgraced with no social position, rejected by her own family in shame. As a teenager, she was gang raped and in 1981, she took revenge with the murder of 22 high caste men. She was imprisoned until 1994 when she was released. She converted to Buddhism, seeing it as a way out of the caste system. Devi also entered politics as a social activist and was elected to Parliament in 1996 and, championing the rights of the poor, was reelected as M.P. in 1998.

On 7/25/2001, she was shot to death outside her home in Delhi at 13:00 IST by two masked youths, a legend in her own time.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Crime : Sex Victimization/Rape 1981 (Gang-raped)
  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 1981 (Killed the 22 men who had raped her)
  • Social : Deinstitutionalized - prison, hospital 1994 (Released from prison)
  • Work : New Career 1996 (Elected to Parliament)
  • Death by Homicide 25 July 2001 at 1:00 PM in Delhi (Shot to death, age 37)
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Source Notes

Jenni Dean quotes the London Time and the Internet; time unknown; Transit 9/2001


  • Family : Relationship : Married early less than 18 (Age 11)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide many at once (Killed 22 men)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Homicide victim (Shot to death)
  • Passions : Criminal Victim : Rape/ Sex crime victim (Gang-raped as a teenager)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Conversion/ Born again (Converted to Buddhism)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (M.P.)