The first woman to join the coveted
Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972, Kiran Bedi was born on 9 June 1949 in
Amritsar, Punjab. Recently appointed as Director General of India's Bureau
of Police Research
and Development, Kiran Bedi has had an illustrious career, earning
widespread adulation for her no- nonsense attitude and devotion to work. She
served as Police Advisor in the United Nations peacekeeping department and
was honored with the UN medal for outstanding service. She earned the
nickname 'Crane Bedi' for towing away the then Indian PM Indira Gandhi's car
for parking violation.
Kiran Bedi graduated in English before securing a Master's degree in
Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh. This gutsy police
officer went on to secure an LL.B degree in 1988 from Delhi University and a
Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, even while she was
in service. She was good at sports too, having been an all-India and
all-Asian tennis champion. She has served creditably in a host of
appointments ranging from Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mizoram,
Advisor to the Lieutanent Governor of Chandigarh, Director General of
Narcotics Control Bureau and many others.
She is well known for introducing a number of reforms during her stint as
the Inspector General of Prisons of the Tihar Jail in New Delhi like
detoxification programmes, yoga, meditation and redressal of prisoners'
complaints. She set up foundations like Navajyoti in 1988 and the India
Vision Foundation in 1994 for improving the lot of drug addicts and the poor
sections of society.
She has won a number of awards both in India and abroad. The prominent ones
among include the President's Gallantry Award in 1979, the Asia Region Award
for Drug Prevention and Control in 1991, the
Magsaysay Award in 1994 for Government Service, the Joseph Beuys Award in
1997, the Mother Teresa Memorial National Award for Social Justice in 2005
and the Serge Soitiroff Memorial Award for drug abuse
prevention by the United Nations.
Kiran Bedi married Brij Bedi in 1972
, the year she started her career in the Indian Police Service (IPS),
and three years later, in 1975, they had daughter Saina. Among her other
three siblings, Shashi is settled in Canada, Reeta is a Tennis player and
writer, and Anu is also Tennis player.
|Presidentís Gallantry Award
|Women of the Year Award
|Asia Region Award for Drug
Prevention and Control
|Mahila Shiromani Award
|Father Machismo Humanitarian
|Lion of the Year
|Joseph Beuys Award
|Pride of India
|Mother Teresa Memorial