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For me policing is not punitive. It always stood for social welfare. But tough welfare. Where I could command welfare, I could demand welfare, and I could produce welfare.
Known For: India's First and Highest Ranking Police Officer
In 1972, Kiran Bedi joined the Indian Police Service as the first and eventually highest ranked woman in Indian history. She was Police Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations, and has served as an international representative of India at forums on crime prevention, drug abuse, women’s issues, and police and prison reform.
Bedi is the recipient of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the United Nation’s Serge Sotiroff Memorial Award for drug abuse prevention, the Joseph Beuys Award, and the Asia Region Award for Drug Prevention & Control by the International Organization of Good Templars. She is the founder of two NGO’s, Navjyoti and Indian Vision Foundation, which deal with education for prisoners children, healthcare for the poor, treatment for drug abuse, and provide training and counseling.
She has written several books, anchors a number of radio shows, and is a columnist in many newspapers. Kiran Bedi was voted most admired woman in India by “The Week” and she is the subject of the 2009 award winning documentary “Yes, Madam Sir.”