Success story Of India’s First Female IPS Officer Kiran Bedi
Beyond Inspiration

March 23, 2022

Kiran Bedi is the first Indian Female IPS officer. Let us have a
look at her success story.
Kiran Bedi was born on 9th June in 1949 in Amritsar Punjab.
She was one amongst the 4 sisters. Her father worked in the
family textile business. She and her sisters were sent to a
Convent school for better education.

Always a good student Kiran Bedi not only excelled in studies
but also had an eye for extra curricular activities which
included National Cadet Corps. She was excellent in lawn
tennis as well, just like her father. She had won many tennis
tournaments in the year 1965 to 1978. In 1968 she
graduated from college in BA ( Honours) English and she also
received the Nation Cadet Corps Officer Award.
She worked as a lecturer in Khalsa College of Women in
Amritsar from 1970 to 1972.
She got married to a tennis player Brij Bedi on 9th March 1972.Mr Brij Bedi succumbed to Cardiac arrest in 2016. The
couple has a daughter named Sukriti.

“Kiran Bedi’s journey towards an IPS officer”

On 16th July 1972 Kiran Bedi started her police training in
Mussoorie from the National Academy of Administration.
Being the only female in a batch of 80 men was not easy. She
broke the barrier of only men being in the police and this
gave hope to females. Being highly intelligent and intellectual
she gained heights easily. She has served as Advisor to
Lieutenant Governor of Chandigarh, Director General Of
Narcotics Control Bureau, Deputy Inspector General of Police
in Mizoram, and Civilian Police Advisor in UN.

Her outstanding collaboration with the UN gave her a lot of
accolades and a UN Medal.
In 1975 she was posted at Chanakyapuri Subdivision of Delhi.
There was a significant reduction in crime against women at
that time in Delhi. In 1979 she was presented the President’s
Gallantry Awards for her numerous accomplishments.

Another feather in the cap
She was the Inspector General at Tihar Jail New Delhi from
the year 1993 – 1995. During her stint as an IG she brought a
lot of changes to the inmates by inculcating detoxification
programs, yoga sessions, meditation and Art Of Living. She
was presented with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994.
She also gave way to two organisations Navjyoti 1988 and
The Indian Vision Foundation in 1994 to reform the life of
drug addicts and underprivileged people.
She retired voluntarily in 2007 as she wanted to get involved
in social causes.

On 22nd May 2016 Kiran Bedi was appointed as the
Lieutenant General of Puducherry and she is still holding up
to that position.
Kiran Bedi is the living example on how women can achieve
any height if they want. If you are determined then sky’s the
only limit. Not only women but men also get inspired by her
impeccable body of work.
Some important facts
She was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Bank of
Baroda in 2008.

She was awarded MSN most admired female icon award in 2011.
During the 1982 Asian Games she took rounds to make sure
no car could block the way and in order to achieve perfection
she hired all the cranes for towing purposes. This incident
gave her the name Crane Bedi. Mistakenly Smt Indira
Gandhi’s car was towed by one of the cranes due to wrong
parking but Kiran Bedi took the crane mover’s side. She was
transferred to Goa the next day which was not approved by
many people.
A true inspiration in every way!

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