KIRAN BEDI- THE PROUD INDIAN WOMAN

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Kiran bedi, an Indian woman was born on 9th June 1949 in Amritsar, Punjab. She was the first Indian woman to join the INDIAN POLICE SERVICE (IPS) in 1972. She did her schooling from the Sacred Heart Convent School in her home town and she completed her graduation in the English language from the Government College for Women in Amritsar. She got her Master’s degree in the Political Science from the Punjab University, Chandigarh. She continued her studies, even when she joined the Indian Police service. In the year 1988, she obtained a degree in Law (LLB) from the Delhi University. She was awarded a Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, in the Department of social science, in the year 1993. Her main stream was Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence. Kiran Bedi has won the all-India and all-Asian tennis competition. She won the Asian Ladies Title when she was 22 years old.

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She started her career as a lecturer in the year 1970 at the Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar. Two years later, she was selected for the Indian Police Service. She was first ever lady IPS officer. She has worked as Traffic Commissioner of New Delhi, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of Chandigarh, Deputy Inspector General of Police in insurgency prone Mizoram, Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau and also on a United Nations deputation. She was also the Inspector General of Prisons, in the Tihar Jail, New Delhi. She influenced several decisions of Indian police service particularly in the areas of control of Traffic management, narcotics and VIP security. She was last appointed as the Director General of Bureau of Police in Research and Development. She rose through and proved everyone that women in India can step into success and achievements, if they work hard and move towards their dreams. In May 2005, she was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law in recognition of her humanitarian approach to prison reforms and policing. She expressed her wish to voluntarily retire from the police force on 27 November 2007, to take care of the challenging factors in her life.

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The Government of India agreed to relieve Bedi of her post as the Director General of the Bureau of Police Research and Development on 25 December 2007. In 2014 Bedi, who did not show any interest towards politics in her early life, expressed her desire to serve the country under the Modi lead government, by offering herself as CM candidate of BJP. For her outstanding service to her community she has received a number of honors and awards such as

President’s Gallantry Award (1979)

Women of the Year Award (1980)

Award for Drug Prevention and Control (1991)

Magsaysay Award for Government Service (1994)

Mahila Shiromani Award (1995)

Father Machismo Humanitarian Award (1995)

Lion of the Year (1995)

Joseph Beuys Award (1997)

MSN most Admired Indian Female Icon (2011)
Avicenna Leadership Award ( 2011)
Tarun Kranti Puraskar – 2010 in Women Empowerment Category
Kalpana Chawla Excellence Awards(2010)
The 9th Annual Academy Award(2010)
Global Trail Blazer Award(2010)
Arch Bishop Benedict Mar Gregorius Award( 2009)
Women Excellences Awards(2009)
Certificate of Recognition, LosAngeles,State of California(2009)
Indo- American(2009)
Pride Of Punjab(2008)
The Indian society of Criminology(2008)
Lifetime Achievement Awards(2008)
Suryadatta National Award(2007)
Baba Farid Award(2007)
Amity Woman Achiever for Social Justice in the year2007
Public Service Excellence Award(2007)
Zee Astitva Award(2007)

Pride of India (1999)

Mother Teresa Memorial National Award for Social Justice in the year 2005

United Nations medal (2004)

Woman of the year award (2002)

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SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Her efforts to the community got the national and international recognition, and so her organization was awarded with the ‘Serge Soitiroff Memorial Award” for drug abuse prevention by the United Nations. Kiran bedi and others formed INDIA AGAINST CORRUPTION or BHRASHTACHER KE VIRUDH JANYUDH which was a way of receiving support from the public and inputs on the groups alternate Lokpal Bill. There was a set of laws proposed to give the jurisdictional authority over the anti-corruption bureaucracy to the Lokpal and this was proposed as an alternative to the the Lokpal Bill which sought to give advisory authority to the Lokpal.

As usual she faced a lot of controversies; In 1993 July the Inspector-General of prisoners of Tihar was pulled by the supreme court of India for ignoring the directives for providing medical attention to a Foreigner under trial prisoner by initiating contempt proceeding against Kiran bedi.  Wadhawa commission criticized Kiran bedi in 1988 when her colleagues were arrested outside her office and her role in lathi- charge against the lawyers. Kiran bedi was also criticized for being a hardliner in the negotiations with the government against the Lokpal bill. Later the members of the parliament decided to bring a breach of privilege motion against kiran bedi and few others for mocking allegedly at the parliament during the protests against the Lokpal bill, however they withdrew the notice later. In 1992 Kiran Bedi was posted in Mizoram and it was within the rules and Central Government employees were entitled to such schemes. In the same year Kiran Bedi’s daughter was given admission for MBBS course in Delhi’s Hardinge College under a quota for students from North-East. The Delhi Police, registered an FIR against Kiran Bedi, under directions of the additional chief metropolitan magistrate for allegedly misappropriating funds meant for her NGOs in November 2011. Later police found that there was no such evidence on Kiran bedi for misappropriating funds, and subsequently it lead a way to the closure of the case file.

Kiran Bedi has become a well-known police officer in India, due to her honesty and desire to help people. Kiran Bedi is certainly one of the most accomplished women and one of the most renowned police officers in India. Kiran Bedi is truly the inspiration not only to Indian women, but to any person in the world for her hard work, honesty, determination and the desire to serve her country.

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