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Kiran Bedi

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Name- Kiran Bedi

DOB- Kiran Peshawaria 9 June 1949 (age 68) Amritsar, Punjab, India

Known as- IPS Officer, (Indian Police Service), first Indian woman to join the Indian Police Services

Father- Prakash Peshawaria

Mother- Prem Peshawaria

Spouse- Brij Bedi

 


 

Early life and education

Kiran Bedi was born in Amritsar, Punjab on 9th june, 1949. She did her schooling from the Sacred Heart Convent School in Amritsar. She completed her graduation in the English language from the Government College for Women in Amritsar. She received her Master’s degree in Political Science from Punjab University, Chandigarh. She continued her studies, even when she joined the Indian Police force. In the year 1988, she obtained a degree in Law (LLB) from Delhi University. In the year 1993, the Department of Social Sciences, the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi awarded her with a Ph.D. degree. Her topic of research was Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence. Kiran Bedi has won the championship of all-India and all-Asian tennis competition. When she was 22 years old, she won the Asian Ladies Title.

 

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Career

Professional Career

Kiran Bedi did not start her career as a cop, but as a lecturer of Political Science at the Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar in 1970. After two years of her teaching career, she cleared the Civil Services examination and became an IPS officer. This made her the first woman in India to join the services.

During her career in Indian Police Service, she served as the chief of New Delhi Traffic Police, DIG of Police in Mizoram, Advisor to the Lt. Governor of Chandigarh, Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau, and Civilian Police Advisor for United Nations Peacekeeping operations. She was honoured with the United Nations Medal for her work.

Kiran Bedi introduced a number of reforms in the management of Tihar Jail, Delhi when she was the Inspector General of Prisons during the years 1993-1995. The various programmes introduced by her under this mission witnessed positive changes in the lives of prisoners. This short stint of her is remembered as a golden period in the history of the prison and won her the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 1994 and the Jawahar Lal Nehru Fellowship. The last position that Kiran Bedi held in the IPS was that of the Director General of India's Bureau of Police Research & Development. She was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Law in acknowledgment of her “humanitarian approach to prison reforms and policing” in May 2005. Two years later, Kiran Bedi decided to voluntarily retire from the police services and the Government of India granted her permission to do so. On December 25, 2007, she retired to dedicate herself to social issues.

 

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Social Work Activities

In 1987, Kiran Bedi launched an NGO named Navjyoti India Foundation (NIF). This NGO aims at de-addiction and rehabilitation of the drug addicts and has expanded to other social issue like illiteracy and women empowerment. She also started India Vision Foundation in 1994 that has been working for police reforms, prison reforms, women empowerment and rural and community development. She was also the host of TV programme 'Aap Ki Kachehri' that aimed to resolve the family disputes of citizens.

In August 2011, Kiran Bedi joined the India Against Corruption movement led by social activist Anna Hazare. She was a prominent face of the movement along with Arvind Kejriwal but parted ways with him when the latter decided to establish a political party Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

 

Joins BJP

Before the 2014 General Elections, Bedi put her weight behind Narendra Modi as the preferred Prime Ministerial candidate. On 15 January 2015, the BJP inducted Kiran Bedi into the party in the presence of its national president Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Bedi joined the party a day after she had talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Capitalising on Kiran Bedi's popularity among Delhiites and her past record as a 'super cop' of Delhi, the BJP designated her as the chief ministerial candidate for the Delhi assembly elections 2015. She was fielded from Krishna Nagar constituency which was a BJP bastion since 1993. The polling in Delhi was held on 7 February and the results were declared three days later.

The results of the elections translated into a near whitewash of BJP at the hands of its rival, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), reducing it to a mere three out of the 70 seats. Bedi lost to AAP's S.K. Bagga falling 2,277 votes short of him.

 

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Personal life

Kiran Bedi along with three of her sisters was born to the family of Prakash Lal Peshawaria and Prem Lata Peshawaria. She met her future husband Brij Bedi on tennis courts of Amritsar. Brij, who was nine years older than her, played university-level tennis at the time. On 9 March 1972, the two married at a simple ceremony at the local Shivalaya temple. The two have lived separately for most of their married life. The couple had a daughter in 1975; originally named Sukriti, she later changed her name to Saina. Bedi's elder sister Shashi had a bitter experience with an arranged marriage, which affected her deeply. She ended her first serious relationship because her partner wanted a dowry and a domestic role for her.

 

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Awards

2014- Loreal Paris Femina Women

2013- Nomura

2010- STAR Parivaar

2009- STAR Parivaar, ITA

2007- Suryadatta National

2005- Mother Teresa Memorial National

2004- United Nations

2001- Morrison Tom Gitchoff

1994- Ramon Magsaysay

1979- Presidents Gallantry

1968- Cadet Officer

 

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