The most admired women of India Kiran Bedi is an Indian social activist and a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer. She became the first woman to join the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972. She retired from IPS in December, 2007. She had taken voluntary retirement.
Kiran Bedi born on 9th June 1949 in Amritsar India, as the second of the four daughters to her parents, Prakash Lal Peshawaria and Prem Lata Peshawaria. Kiran Bedi completed her Schooling at Sacred Heart School; Amritsar. She earned a master’s degree the following year in Political science from Punjab University. The ardent learner with active service in the Indian Police also acquired a law degree (LLB) from Delhi University. She was also awarded a Ph.D. in 1993 in Social Sciences by the Department of Social Sciences, the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
She was Awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship for her writing about the work done at Tihar Jail during my tenure as IG (Prisons) .Awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Guru Nanak Dev University. Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the prestigious City University of New York’s (CUNY) School of Law in recognition of her “humanitarian approach to prison reforms and policing.
Kiran Bedi won the Junior National Lawn Tennis Championship in 1966, the Asian Lawn Tennis Championship in 1972, and the All-India Interstate Women’s Lawn Tennis Championship in 1976 besides this she also won the all-Asian tennis champion, and had won the Asian Ladies Title at the age of 22.
Kiran Bedi began her career as a Lecturer in Political Science (1970-72) at Khalsa College for Women, Amritsar, India. In July 1972, she joined the Indian Police Service. She served in a number of tough assignments ranging from Traffic Commissioner of New Delhi, Deputy Inspector General of Police in insurgency prone Mizoram, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of Chandigarh, Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau and also on a United Nations deputation, where she became the Civilian Police Advisor in the United Nations peacekeeping department. She is the first Police Officer in the world to be awarded with a ‘PEACE’ Award.
Kiran Bedi despite her demanding official work has initiated a large amount of voluntary service in various fields of social development, which have a direct bearing on crime prevention and crime correction. She set up Navjyoti in 1986 for working in the field of drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation
Kiran Bedi is the founder of two NGOs, Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation, which reach out to over 10,000 beneficiaries daily, in the areas of drug abuse treatment, schooling for children of prisoners, in addition to education, Counseling, training, and health care to the urban and rural poor.