Kiran Bedi India’s first Lady IPS Officer
First women officer Kiran Bedi had joined Indian Police Service in 1972.She was born on 9th June 1949.Kiran Bedi was the former tennis player and a retired police officer. Presently she is an Indian politician and social activist. She is a national junior tennis champion in the year 1966. Between the year 1965 and 1978 she achieved several titles at national and state level championships.Her academics career was very impressive and she was very active in sports too.
After becoming IPS officer, she served in different parts of India, like Delhi, Goa, and Mizoram. She began her career as a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in Chanakyapuri area of Delhi, and also won the President’s Police Medal in 1979. After that she moved to West Delhi, here she brought the crime against women under control.Later on, as a traffic police officer she looked over the traffic arrangements for the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi and the 1983 CHOGM meet in Goa. As the DGP of North Delhi, in order to reduce or say a trial to eradicate the severe issue of drug abuse she launched a campaign against drug abuse. This drug abuse campaign evolved into the Navjyoti Delhi Police Foundation which is renamed as Navjyoti India Foundation in 2007.
In around May 1993, as IG (inspector General ) she was posted to Delhi Prisons. Same as her earlier reform she brought reforms in TIHAR JAIL, too. That reform gained world wide acclaim and she was awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award in United Nations civilian police adviser.Her desire to work more on social activism and writing made her resign from police service in the year 2007.
She has written many books and also runs Indian Vision Foundation. Likewise, her hunger to provide justice to common people specially women, made her host a court show ‘Aap ki Kachehri’, this was in the year 2008-11. She was one of the strong leaders of the 2011 Indian anti- corruption movement and even joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January 2015.
On talking about her family life, she was born in Amritsar to a well-to-do Punjabi business family.She is the second child of her parents Mr. Prakash Lal Peshawaria and Mrs.Prem Lata. She had three sisters: Shashi, Reeta, and Anu. Her ancestors had migrated from Peshawar to Amritsar, where he started his business. She was brought up in both Hindu and Sikh traditions as her grandmother was a Sikh.
Kiran Bedi and all her sisters studied in Christian school as her father wanted to give her daughters best of best, by opposing his father Muni Lal. In her school days, she participated in National Cadet Corps (NCC) among other extra curriculum activities. As that time Sacred Covent School did not have science, Bedi joined Cambridge College, a private institute that offered Science education and also helped her to prepared for matriculation exam.By the time, her classmates were in class 9th she had cleared class 10th. Bedi completed her graduation in the year 1968, with BA (Honours) in English, from Government College for women at Amritsar. It was in the same year that she won the NCC Cadet Officer Award. She obtained a Master’s degree in Political science from Punjab University, Chandigarh.
In her life, Bedi has also played the role of the lecturer in the year 1970 to 1972 at Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar.There she taught courses related to political science.After that along with serving nation as a police officer, she earned a law degree at Delhi University in 1988 and a Ph.D. from IIT Delhi’s Department of Social Sciences in 1993.
It was on 16th July 1972, Bedi started her police training at the National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. She was the only women in the batch of 80 men, and hence she became the first women IPS officer.After completing her 6 months of basic training course, she did another 9 months of police training at Mount Abu in Rajasthan and thereafter with Punjab Police in 1974. Based on a draw of the lot, she was allocated to the Union territory cell which is now called AGMUT or say as Arunachal Pradesh – Goa-Mizoram -Union Territories cadre.
She met her future husband Mr. Brij Bedi on tennis courts of Amritsar. Brij used to play at University- level tennis at that time. Brij was nine years older than her, than. They both tied a marriage knot on 9th March 1972, at a simple ceremony at the local Shivalaya temple. The couple had a daughter in 1975 named Saina.