Durgawati Devi

Durgawati Devi (October 7, 1907 – October 15, 1999) was an Indian freedom fighter and revolutionary. This Bengali woman was one of the few revolutionaries who as a woman participated actively against the British rulers. She was member of the Naujawan Bharat Sabha and HSRA – Hindustan Socialist Republican Association. She was wife of the HSRA member Bhagwati Charan Vohra at 11 years of age and was popularly called as ‘Durga Bhabhi’ in the revolutionary circles in India. She is known best for participating in the armed revolution, and accompanying Bhagat Singh in the Kakori Train Robbery in which after Saunders was killed. She helped Shivaram Rajguru and Bhagat Singh escape in disguise.

Durgawati Devi made an attempt to assassinate Lord Hailey for the Assembly bomb throwing incident in 1929 after Bhagat Singh had surrendered himself. The police caught her and put her into prison for three years. Durgawati became prominent after the Naujawan Bharat Sabha decided to observe Kartan Singh Sarabha’s martyrdom in Lahore on November 16, 1926. After Jatin Nath Das’s death in a hunger strike in jail for 63 days, she led his funeral procession from Lahore to Calcutta. In the funeral procession, huge crowds joined all along the way.