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Gangubai Kathiawadi was born in Kathiawadi, Gujrat and her real name was Gangubai Harjivandas. According to S Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’, she was pushed into prostitution at a very young age. She ran a Kotha (brothel) in the Kamathipura area of Mumbai and later, many notorious criminals became her customers. Gangubai did a lot of work for sex-works and for the well-being of orphans.
Gangubai first wanted to become an actress in Bollywood films. When she was 16 years old, she fell in love with his father’s accountant and ran away with him. They came to Mumbai and settled down there. Just when she was dreaming of starting a new life with her beloved, he betrayed her. Gangubai’s husband sold her for Rs 500 at a brothel.
According to S Hussain Zaidi’s book, Gangubai made strong connections in the world of criminals as well. It is written that Gangubai was raped by a member of Karim Lala’s gang. In order to seek justice, she went to Karim Lala and pleaded with him. Meanwhile, he tied a rakhi to Karim Lala and made him her brother as well. Soon after this, Karim Lala gave the command of the Kamathipura area to his Rakhi sister Gangubai and she became one of the ‘Mafia Queens.’ However, Gangubai never kept a girl in the brothel against her consent.
She also dedicated her life to the betterment of sex-works and orphans. She even led the movement against the removal of Mumbai’s prostitute market at the same time. Even today, the statue of Gangubai is installed in Kamathipura, Mumbai.