A small town in eastern India called Aurangabad is getting a make over from police and city officials in an attempt to pick up the morale of the residents. Aurangabad is located in one of the poorest regions of the country and is a hotbed for criminal activity that regularly includes murder, extortion, kidnapping and regular violence between castes. The law in the area has long since lost control and residents of the area are fed up with it and so in an effort to pick up their spirits, the city officials are painting the town pink.

The officials are painting the town pink in an effort to give it a makeover just in time for the Indian festival of light, Diwali, which takes place on October 21st. The idea to paint the town pink actually came from the dominant Rajput community that migrated from the capital of the western state Rajasthan, Jaipur. Jaipur is called the ‘pink city of India’ even though officials note that only a few of the buildings there are actually painted pink. “Only a few buildings (in Jaipur) bear the pink color. Aurangabad will actually be the country’s real pink city,” said Arvind Kumar Singh, a senior government official.

Painting the town red, sort of… (Reuters)

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