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Kiran Bedi was the first woman officer to join the Indian Police Service (IPS), way back in 1972.
Kiran Bedi is well – known for her practical and no-nonsense approach, be it in the days of being an Inspector General of Prisons or today, as a political activist. Born in 1949 in Amritsar, Bedi is qualified in Political Science as well as Law.
Beginning her career as a Lecturer, she later joined the IPS and has juggled a number of challenging and demanding roles. Bedi was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994 for her exceptional work in introducing reformatory measures for the inmates of the Tihar jail.
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Bedi has also set up the Navjyoti India Foundation and India Vision Foundation, which reach out to improve the lives of the under-privileged sections of society. Currently, she is also involved in supporting the India Against Corruption movement.
Why we find her inspiring:
– For being a frontrunner for all women officers in the IPS.
– For proving that women can excel at any job – even one that was traditionally viewed as a “man’s job”.
– For continuing to work for social progress even after retirement.
*Photo credit: www.kiranbedi.com
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