Pragya Singh Thakur

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is an Indian woman accused of orchestrating the Malegaon blasts of 2008 and is currently awaiting trial. Pragya Singh was born to Dr. Chandrapal Singh Thakur, a long-time Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh worker and believer in its core ideology of "Hindu rashtra". According to her father, Pragya was a tough girl since her childhood and that she fought against "injustice" and "anti-social" activities. She and her sister once beat up a group of boys so severely that they were pleading for mercy. Pragya was said to have been a tomboy since her childhood, keeping short hair, and dressing like a boy. She was often called 'the girl with boyish looks'. She loved riding bikes. It was a motorcycle registered on her name which led to her arrest in connection with the Malegaon blasts. Pragya studied at Lahar Collage(Bhind), where, in 1993, she joined Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Sangh Parivar. She subsequently rose to the position of state secretary and left this organization in 1997. After that she also worked for Rashtrawadi Sena and the Hindu Jagran Manch.

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