Kiran Bedi: India's First Female Police Officer

Written by S. Danilina | Fact checked by The Law Dictionary staff |  

In the United States of America, it is common to see female police officers on a daily basis, but it is not the case in India. In the country where the women are seen as the second-class citizens Kiran Bedi has become the first female police officer in July 1972.

Kiran Bedi was born on June 9, 1949. Her parents believed in equal rights for people despite their gender. With her parents’ support, Kiran received a higher education and eventually obtained her PhD.

In July of 1972, Kiran joined the Indian Police Service and officially became the first female police officer in India. Not everyone liked it in the country, but even despite this fact, Kiran rose through the ranks and proved to everyone that women in India can achieve success if they work hard and follow their dreams. Kiran Bedi has become a well-known police officer in India due to her honesty and desire to help people. Kiran Bedi has also received many awards for the outstanding service to her community  such as Police Medal for Gallantry, the Asia Region Award for Work in Prevention of Drug Abuse, the Swiss-German Joseph Beuys Award for Holistic and Innovative Management and the Ramon Magsaysay Award, also called as the Asian Nobel Prize.

In 1994, Kiran was promoted to the Inspector General of Prisons and was responsible for managing the largest prison in the Asia Pacific area. Kiran personally visited the prisons. Under her management, living conditions of prisoners improved significantly and the prison corruption started to decline.

Kira Bedi is also good in tennis. She won several sports titles at 1966’s Junior National Lawn Tennis Championship, 1972’s Asian Lawn Tennis Championship, and 1976’s All-India Interstate Women’s Lawn Tennis Championship.

Currently, Kiran Bedi is retired from the Indian Police Service since 2007. Recently, she has been appointed as the Director General of India’s Bureau of Police Research and Development. Kiran has also founded two nonprofit organizations in India. The organizations are named Navjyoti for welfare and preventive policing and the India Vision Foundation for prison reformation, drug abuse prevention and child welfare. 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 determination, hard work, honesty and the desire to serve her country.

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