By Roy Moxham
In June 1992, writer Roy Moxham did a truly unusual factor: he wrote to a bandit in an Indian detention center. Phoolan Devi used to be the arguable and charismatic 'Bandit Queen' hailed as a modern day Robin Hood within the villages surrounding Delhi. In revenge for her personal gang rape, her fans killed 20 high-caste Indians, which ended in her hand over and imprisonment.Struck via her tale and appalled via her plight, Roy Moxham helped Phoolan Devi receive justice, provided her encouragement whilst she turned an MP in India on her free up, and travelled along with her for numerous years ahead of she was once ultimately gunned down in 2001. in response to the diaries that documented their remarkable friendship, Moxham bargains a desirable portrait of a extraordinary lady and divulges the hidden face of India.
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Kamini was trying to have them quashed because of the long delay in bringing the cases to court. Kamini suggested that I postpone any attempt to visit the jail, as just then the authorities were preoccupied with the general security situation. She proposed that I contact her again when I returned to Delhi in early January. I agreed with her that this might be best. It was something of a disappointment but, with any luck, things would soon calm down. I left Delhi on 17 December and travelled to Udaipur, Pushkar and Jaipur (where I looked up the sarangi player who was at Moscow airport: despite being poor, he and his family were delighted to see me and most hospitable), Agra, Allahabad and Mirzapur.
With the letter I enclosed a photograph of the flowers floating down the River Ganges. I also bought a Fuji camera for £25 and sent it off to Shiv Narayan for Phoolan. I hoped that he was not taking me for a ride. In the middle of February a letter from Phoolan arrived, which Ajit translated. Letter from Gwalior Jail, dated 4 February 1993: Respected Brother, My respectful greetings to you. I am well by the grace of God and pray for you and your family’s well being. I received your letter today and came to know that you are sending ‘some present’, which I know nothing about.
Gulmohar Park, Delhi, 1995. Moola, Phoolan Devi’s mother, with Jackie. Delhi, 1996. Rukhmani, Phoolan’s elder sister. Gwalior, 1999. Devi puts a tilak on the author’s forehead, with her brother Shiv Narayan looking on. Gwalior, 1999. A view of Chitrakut, 1999. Devi campaigning for women, 1995 (© Kapoor Baldev/Sygma/Corbis). Sonia Gandhi, Congress President, paying her respects to Phoolan’s body, 2001 (© Kapoor Baldev/Sygma/Corbis). ’ IN JUNE 1992 I did a very strange thing. I wrote to a bandit in an Indian jail.
Outlaw. India's Bandit Queen and Me by Roy Moxham