Phoolan Devi controversial life
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Phoolan Devi controversial life

Phoolan Devi courted a life that challenged her fate. Romanticized,chastised, feared or loved, Phoolan Devi was the original bandit queen that was made of legendary stuff. Here is her controversial life in pictures.
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Phoolan Devi's most controversial facts

Phoolan Devi's most controversial facts

Phoolan Devi was charged with 48 crimes, including 30 charges of dacoity (banditry) and kidnapping and remained in prison in 11 years. Image procured via Google Search

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Think Bandit Queen and chances are the name Phoolan Devi will come to mind. Actress Seema Biswas starred in the film based on the real life Bandit Queen's life. The film directed by Shekhar Kapoor got many awards. The film starkly portrayed a woman's oppression at the hands of the upper caste feudal lords of India's cow belt. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Phoolan Devi rose as a fallen woman, dacoit and outlaw to an MP in the Samajwadi Party. Unfortunately she was gunned down in front of her official residence in Delhi by family members of people she had killed during her days as a bandit queen in Bundelkhand. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

A Delhi court has convicted key accused Sher Singh Rana in the sensational 13 year old murder of Phoolan Devi. 10 others were acquitted. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

In a twist of fate, Phoolan Devi had apparently confessed to her mother that her second husband Umed Singh would have her murdered over her vast property. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

"She told me Umed could kill her. She was so afraid that she avoided contact with him. She had even stopped sleeping with him because she thought he might wring her neck."-Mula Devi, Phoolan's motherImage Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Phoolan was always a spirited girl known for being abrasive enough to pick up fights with her cousins over the common family land. She would berate her cousins for trying to grab the land just because they were boys. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Shekhar Kapur directed the film Bandit Queen which was based on the life and times of India's most feared female outlaw. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Although Phoolan was imprisoned for murders and dacoity, all charges were dropped against her and she became a member of Parliament after winning a ticket from the Samajwadi party. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Phoolan's family accused her second husband Umed Singh of conspiring her murder over her property. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

"His tears are fake, and he wants to use the opportunity to enter politics. His affection for Phoolan is a facade. He claims he is married to my sister, but where is the proof?"-Munni Devi, Phoolan Devi's sisterImage Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Phoolan Devi had allegedly wanted a divorce from her second husband Umed Singh because of her reported harassment. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Although the film Bandit Queen portrayed Phoolan as a heroine, she fought to get the film banned. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Phoolan Devi, who became known as the 'Bandit Queen' after she shot dead 22 upper caste Hindu men in Uttar Pradesh in 1981, was jailed for 11 years after she surrendered in 1983. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Phoolan devi ran away from her first husband's home when she was barely 16. He was 13 years her senior. She would return as a dacoit's moll and wreaked revenge on him dragging him outside the house to stab him several times. Her gang of dacoits left a note warning older against marrying young girls!Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

The turning point some say in Phoolan's life was when she was imprisoned and beaten up severely by the police after her own cousin accused her of stealing his watch and gold ring. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Phoolan then ran away and the reason for her connection with dacoits is unknown but the fact was that she ran away from home to avoid oppression. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Phoolan Devi was proclaimed as a sort of Robinhood character who took from the upper castes and gave to the lower castes. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

Bandit Queen Phoolan Devi unseen photos

This theory however has been refuted by the police who says that there was never any proof that Phoolan helped anyone. Image Source: Procured via Google Search.

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